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Pope Francis on false hope verses real hope (11/01/2017)
"At times at the synod I heard voices that sounded very clear and certain but only because they never grappled with the real question or never dealt with the real facts," he said. "So there's a false clarity that comes because you don't address reality, and there's a false certainty that can come for the same reason." (28/12/2016)
The stages of grief are actually circular, or cyclical, or totally unchartable. Take today. I'm in the grocery store, getting ready to pay with my new "chip" card, which is a little stressful for me, being as new technology often throws me off my game. And a song comes over the P.A. They're on an early 1970s jag in Albertson's, because I've already heard "Muskrat Love." But now the Carpenters are singing "We've Only Just Begun." And my heart breaks in a new place as my eyes fill with water. (27/12/2016)
National Office for Clergy Life and Ministry December issue (24/12/2016)
When a basketball player encounters a shooting slump, he does not stop shooting. Rather, he perseveres, and continues lobbing up the ball. He trusts that sooner or later he will emerge out of this unproductive period, by "keeping on keeping on."
Sometimes we face a praying slump, too: We encounter a period of stasis, of non-productivity, of ineffectiveness. We emerge from our spiritual burrow and do not feel refreshed, or enlightened, or enthused. We just feel . . . dry, unproductive, and empty. In our minds, our prayers are missing the mark. (20/12/2016)
"We live in an age where the unimaginable power, beauty, wonder, and vastness of creation are known in ways that our ancestors could never have believed," Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe says in his 2016 Christmas Message.
There's something a little unusual about the Pope's Christmas card. There are two baby Jesuses ― one held by Mary and another held by a midwife sitting underneath her. Huffington Post has the story. (16/12/2016)
Archbishop Mark Coleridge thinks some of his fellow prelates are afraid of confronting reality. (09/12/2016)