Christ’s Fire and the Revolution of the Heart

On June 5th, the Holy Father Pope Francis posted a message on Twitter saying, “The Heart of Christ is so great it wants to welcome us all into the revolution of tenderness.”

Revolution—a word that hits rather close to home these days. This seems to be an era of human history in which facades of a successful society are being torn down. False security in our health and our economy has been exposed while ugly and unjust systems of our society are being unmasked. The news feels more like a dystopian nightmare than it ever has. In light of this, we might wonder, what kind of revolution is God calling us to? What is his revolution of tenderness? 

The image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is so ubiquitous that it was familiar to me long before I became Catholic. But when I saw the image on grocery store candles or in art on restaurant walls, I perceived it as kitschy or sentimental. Something more austere like Christ Pantocrator presenting the terrible gaze of his majesty was a closer fit to Jesus as I imagined him to be: the holy and powerful judge of the souls of men.

Praise the Lord

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“But Gorsuch” crashes at the Supreme Court. Now watch for “Utah” references in news reports…..

It’s no surprise that mainstream news reports about the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling on LGBTQ rights for secular workers included a strong note of celebration. To the victors go the spoils and this was a big win for the cultural left and, one can only assume, the new middle America — as defined by the Harvard and Yale law schools. The unanswered question hanging over all of this was, of course…

Praise the Lord

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Pope’s Wednesday Audience: “Discover the riches hidden in the Sacred Heart of Jesus”…

Ahead of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to discover the riches of charity hidden in the heart of Christ. “Friday we will celebrate the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Do not be afraid to present to him all the intentions of our suffering humanity, its fears, its miseries. May this Heart, full of love for men, give everyone hope and trust,” Pope Francis said June 17 in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

Praise the Lord

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