Letter #101, 2021, Wednesday, September 1: Francis and Lenga

    Today, two new interviews.

    (1) Pope Francis. He has just given a long, 1 hour 15 minute interview to a Spanish Catholic journalist, Carlos Herrera. A brief comment below, then the full text. (link)

    (2) Retired Archbishop Jan Pavel Lenga, Bishop Emeritus of Karaganda, Kazakhstan (the diocese where Bishop Athanasius Schneider serves as the auxiliary bishop). No comment… except to say that the text is rather apocalyptic — though the bishop himself says that none of us knows “the day or the hour,” either of the end of our own lives, or even less, of the end of the world. Still, Lenga says the warning signs do seem to be multiplying…

Praise the Lord

Read the Whole Article at https://insidethevatican.com/

In Praise of Creation

We are late getting to this, in part since I did not fully realize it until now, but today, in the midst of all else that is transpiring, is the world day of prayer for the care of creation, instituted by Pope Francis in 2015, to coincide with the promulgation of his encyclical Laudato Si. Yes, I know, this can all be misconstrued, and who knows what whose intentions are, but there is a proper sense of Catholic ecology, a la Saint Francis, and many other saints – indeed, all saints in some way – who rejoiced in the beauty, order and harmony of God’s world. And He saw that is was good.

As the Catechism states, the entire cosmos was created for Man, and for the glory of God, and so that we could glorify God through the proper use of creation.

So rejoice in our beautiful world in some way, even in the midst of our anxieties – there is nothing like nature to soothe them, even temporarily. The vastness of the sky, of the universe, should prompt us to realize how small we are, how short a span of time we are here, and the true, eternal glory to which we are all called, if we but say yes to His will, in which is our peace.

Praise the Lord

Read the Whole Article at https://catholicinsight.com/