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The Immediacy of Discipleship

We live in a world driven by immediacy. With smartphones and WiFi, 24-hour-news channels and social media, Amazon Prime and streaming television, there is almost nothing that is outside the grasp of our insatiable desire for immediate gratification. In many ways this has led to problems: the difficulty of concentration, the accommodation of sound-bite news, […]

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More Wisdom from Pope Francis

In an conversation on October 24, 2016 with the participants of the Jesuit General Congregation and now recently published in the publication La Civiltá Cattolica, Pope Francis offered numerous insights and comments worth further reflection. The format was informal, with the Holy Father requesting that questions be spontaneous and without advance preparation. Therefore, his responses were also extemporaneous, lending the […]

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The Chance to Bear Witness

As the end-of-the-liturgical-year apocalyptic scale ratchets up in the weekday lectionary, we recount more of Jesus’s cautionary tales and warnings regarding discipleship. Today’s Gospel passage from Luke 21:12-19 offers one such instance: Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they […]

Highlights: Pope Francis’s New Apostolic Letter

“Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the Church; it constitutes her very existence, through which the profound truths of the Gospel are made manifest and tangible. Everything is revealed in mercy; everything is resolved in the merciful love of the Father” (Mercy and Peace, no. 1). On the occasion of the […]