Pope Francis has come out with an apostolic exhortation that is well worth the read. There is something for everyone to be mad at in this writing, as I have found in the writings of Benedict before him, and John Paul before him.
Dale Coulter gives a Pentecostal critique of the Pope’s exhortation, “The Gospel of Joy.” Again, the huge temptation is to focus on one small section concerning the Pope’s critique of greed in capitalism, but there is so much more in this exhortation. One particular paragraph I am meditating on: The pursuit of an equality of status atContinue reading “The Pope, Pentecostals, and the Gospel”
It’s extremely difficult to point out when the gods of this age are really closer to us as believers than we like to admit. As a matter of fact, this one is going to get a LOT of disagreement. So, here we go. The three big behemoth gorilla gods in the room of the AmericanContinue reading “Spotting the gods of this age”
Not being Catholic has never kept me from admiring good leadership. And this pope has such a pastoral heart. “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel) was released by the pope today. I have downloaded it, but here are some choice thoughts: “The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, isContinue reading “Why, yes, I DO love this pope”
The Pope wants to see the Church as a “field hospital.”
“Come, Holy Spirit, to console and strengthen Christians, especially those from the Middle East so that, united in Christ, they may be witnesses of your universal love in an area torn apart by injustice and conflicts.” Pope Francis I
From Pope Francis I’s first homily: “We must always walk in the presence of the Lord, in the light of the Lord, always trying to live in an irreprehensible way,” he said in a heartfelt homily of a parish priest, loaded with biblical references and simple imagery. “When we walk without the cross, when weContinue reading “Words from Francis I”