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It’s that time of year again! The Catholic Mom Bundle is available just in time for Advent 2019! This time, there are twenty-four Catholic printables, podcasts and e-courses to help you enter into Advent more prayerfully and peacefully, with reflections and prayers for the whole family, activities and programs for the kids through Advent and […]
“A freshly-chastened Justin Trudeau seems to have absorbed this advice in his meetings with opposition leaders this week, acknowledging he may be able to find “common ground” with politicians he only recently assured Canadians were depriving villages somewhere of their idiots.”
Okay. I’m willing to give Trudeau the benefit of the doubt. Let’s say for argument’s sake, that Trudeau has actually learned a lesson about playing nicely with all those people he normally shuts out of his sandbox. Like Catholics. Like pro-life people. Because up until now, every Catholic/evangelical pro-life person in Canada has been chopped liver. Up until now we know that Trudeau does not work for all Canadians. He has always excluded Catholics and pro-life people from his so-called inclusiveness. Like when he shut us out from the tax payer funded Canadian Summer Jobs Program. Like when he prevented pro-life people from holding a seat in the Liberal party. He’s never replied to any of my letters asking him why he excludes us. Including the one I sent back in 2014 that contained416 signatures. Even after I resent the letter to him multiple times. By email. By snail mail. Rather rude I’d say don’t you think? Not too humble I’d say don’t you think? The word arrogant comes to mind. So is Trudeau really humbled? If he truly is, then he should tell us that he is he’s sorry for treating us as second class citizens. That he’s willing to change his tune on the Canadian Summer Jobs Program and allow us to finally qualify for grant money, that by the way, is paid for by all Canadians. Even us. Because as tax paying Canadians, we are forced against our beliefs, to pay for abortions and to pay for his billions in “reproductive choice” donations to national and international organizations. The least he can do is give us equal opportunities for funds to save babies and not kill them. Fair is fair. We will forgive you Justin Trudeau. But first you must admit you were wrong. You need to prove to us that you are really humbled. And that you’re not just faking it.
Pope Francis invites the faithful to live their lives responding to hatred with love, to offence with forgiveness, and to always be attentive and loving towards the poor.
November 17, 2019
Pope Francis on Sunday reflected on the Gospel reading on this penultimate Sunday of the liturgical year and invited believers to collaborate with the Lord in the construction of history, becoming, together with Him, peacemakers and witnesses of hope in a future of salvation and resurrection.
He was addressing the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer shortly having celebrated Holy Mass in the Basilica on the World Day of the Poor.
Gospel of the Day
Referring to the Gospel of Luke which tells of Jesus’ discourse on the end of time, the Pope said he uses two apparently contrasting images: the first is a series of frightening events like catastrophes, wars, famines, riots and persecutions, while the other is reassuring as he says: “not a hair on your head will be destroyed.”
Pope Francis explained that on the one hand Jesus offers a realistic view of history, marked by calamities, violence, and traumas, and on the other he indicates the attitude of hope in Lord that Christians must adopt within this history.
“It is an attitude of hope in God that makes it possible not to let oneself be overwhelmed by tragic events,” he said.
And stressing that Christ’s disciples cannot be slaves to fear and anxieties, the Pope said they are called to live history stemming the destructive force of evil with the certainty of God’s loving action and reassuring tenderness.
Sure of the fact that notwithstanding the uncertain unfolding of the events of history, the Pope said Christians know that their lives cannot be lost because they are in His hands.
And he called on all believers to collaborate with the Lord in the construction of history, “becoming, together with Him, peacemakers and witnesses of hope in a future of salvation and resurrection”.
Faith, he said, “makes us walk with Jesus along the winding paths of this world, in the certainty that the power of his Spirit will bend the forces of evil, subjecting them to the power of God’s love.”
The Example of the Martyrs of Our Times
The Pope concluded his reflection upholding the example of the Christian martyrs of our times whom, he said, despite persecution, are men and women of peace.
“They give us a legacy to safeguard and imitate: the Gospel of love and mercy. This is the most precious treasure that has been given to us and the most effective testimony that we can give to our contemporaries, responding to hatred with love, to offense with forgiveness,” he said.
World Day of the Poor
After praying the Angelus, Pope Francis reminded those present that Sunday, 17 November, marks the 3rd World Day of the Poor and he expressed his thanks to all those, in dioceses and parishes throughout the world, who have promoted initiatives of solidarity for those most in need. He also reminded everyone to always “bear witness to the attention that must never be lacking towards these brothers and sisters or ours”.
“I have just seen, a few minutes ago, some statistics regarding poverty”, he said, and he noted that “society’s indifference towards the poor” causes pain.
Finally, Pope Francis said that on Tuesday he is scheduled to set off on an apostolic visit to Thailand and Japan, and he asked those present for prayers.
It was a joy to welcome Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast–a good friend whom I first met when I was a high school student and he a Jesuit scholastic at nearby Regis College–to celebrate the morning Masses at Christ the Redeemer today. The Archbishop was in Vancouver to speak at the annual Priests’ Study Week.
Perfect love casts out all fear. Do not be afraid. Do not be terrified. Listen, folks: This is about Jesus. He’s the One. He’s still and always will be the only One. Only He is the Divine Son of God, … Continue reading →