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Colleagues List, June 2nd, 2013

Vol VIII No. 32


Wayne A. Holst, Editor

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Dear Colleagues:

It was only recently that Pope Francis
was elected, but books on his life and
thought are already beginning to appear.

This week, I introduce two of them:

"Pray for Me" (and) "On Heaven and Earth"

Hopefully, this will provide some good
background on this intriguing global pastor.


Colleague Comment this week is from
Isabel Gibson of Ottawa who has thoughts
on last week's "Wisdom of the Week."

Colleague Contribution for this issue
is from my longstanding priest friend
Ron Rolheiser of San Antonio.


Net Notes:

"I Hear America Singing" - from an era past
but still appealing, a poem by New England
sage and author of  "Leaves of Grass," Walt
 Whitman (Englewood Review of Books))

"Canterbury to Visit Pope" - plans
are in the works for a meeting of
the two global Christian leaders
(The Tablet, UK)

"Scripture on the Silver Screen" - here
are insights into how the Bible continues
to influence modern movie-goers

"Visiting the World's Newest Country" -
Karen Stiller won an award from the
Canadian Church Press for an article
that appeared on the South Sudan
last year (Faith Today)

"Lessons from the Good Friday Agreement" -
it is now more than fourteen years since
this historic document was signed by
combatants in Northern Ireland
(America Magazine)

"Catholic Priest Comes Out of the Closet"
this recently appeared in the Catholic press
and it signals changes in the works
(Uca News)

"Andrew Greeley, Priest Writer, Dies at 85" -
Greeley was a longtime friend of colleague
Martin Marty in Chicago; I too read many of
his books and appreciated our correspondence
(National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine)

"How Henry Morgentaler Changed Canada's Laws" -
this man was well-known in Canada a generation
ago and continues to invoke strong feelings -
pro-and-con - for his stand and work on abortion
(Calgary Herald)


Wisdom of the Week - comes through the
good services of Sojourners online.

Paul Hawken, Robert James Brown and
Francis de Sales appear this week.


On This Day:
May 26th - June 1st)

India's First PM Dies

Hillary Conquers Mt. Everest

Helen Keller Dead at 87


Closing Thought -  Cesar Chavez



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Book Notices for:

The Life and Spiritual Vision
of Pope Francis, First Pope
from the Americas
by Robert Moynihan.
$22.95 CAD. Kindle $9.99
Random House Canada, Image hardcover
ISBN #978-0-307-59075-6 (and)

Pope Francis on Faith,
Family and the Church
in the Twenty-First Century
by Jorge Mario Bergoglio
and Rabbi Abraham Skorka.
$25.00 CAD. Kindle $10.99.
Random House Canada, Image hardcover
ISBN #978-0-7704-3506-6

Publisher's Promo:

"Pray for Me" -

From the founder and editor of Inside
the Vatican magazine, the world's most
well-informed, comprehensive monthly on
the Roman Catholic Church, comes this
enlightening introduction to the life
and spiritual teachings of Jorge Mario
Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, the first
Pope of the Americas.

On March, 13, 2013, 115 Cardinals elected
for the first time a Pope from outside of
Europe. Pope Francis, a native of Argentina,
is not just the first Pope from the Southern
Hemisphere, he is also the first Jesuit to
ever hold the Chair of Peter. This means a
bridging of the Northern and Southern
hemispheres and religious traditions in a
way we've never seen before, signifying a
new global vision for the 1.2 billion people
who call themselves Catholic.

Now a leading expert on the papacy provides
the ultimate introduction to this new Pope,
including biographical information and an
absorbing collection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio
most persuasive words.


About the Author:

Dr. Robert Moynihan is founder and editor of
Inside the Vatican magazine, a monthly journal
on Church and world affairs from Rome. He is
regarded as one of the world's leading Vatican
analysts. He received his PhD in medieval
studies from Yale University and divides his
time between Rome and Front Royal, Virginia.


Author's Words:

Who is this man? What does he believe?
What will he do as leader of the church?

This book hopes to provide starting points
to answer some of those questions.

Written in the two weeks following the papal
election, "Pray for Me" is partly my eye-witness
of those early days... Here is a bit of history
in the making, captured as it was happening, in
order to root out the story of Pope Francis in
facts, rather than speculation about what he
might do in the future.

First, a brief biography... I approached this
material as a journalist, but also as a

(but) The central point of this book is to offer
readers the opportunity to journey alongside
this new pope, to experience the soul of this
ma, the strength, passion and tenderness.

The simple request was his first "Pray for Me."
He (knows) his own imperfection, his humanity.
He knows he needs the prayers of others.

In calling for prayers for himself, Pope
Francis asks us as a community to care for
the poor, those treated unjustly, for the
imprisoned and the suffering, for those who
have lost hope, and also for him, that he
might carry out his task with courage and
humility. (Rome, April, 2013)

- from the Preface.


Publisher's Promo:

"On Heaven and Earth"

From the man who became Pope Francis,
Jorge Mario Bergoglio shares his thoughts
on religion, reason, and the challenges
the world faces in the 21st century with
Abraham Skorka, a rabbi and biophysicist.

For years Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio,
archbishop of Argentina, and Rabbi Abraham
Skorka were tenacious promoters of
inter-religious dialogues on faith and
reason. They both sought to build bridges
among Catholicism, Judaism, and the world
at large. On Heaven and Earth, originally
published in Argentina in 2010, brings
together a series of these conversations
where both men talked about various
theological and worldly issues, including
God, fundamentalism, atheism, abortion,
homosexuality, euthanasia, same-sex marriage,
and globalization. From these personal and
accessible talks comes a first-hand view of
the man who would become pope to 1.2 billion
Catholics around the world in March 2013.

Rabbi Skorka's Words:

True dialogue is at the heart of the
thinking (man's) life and demands that
each person tries to get to know and to
understand the person with whom they
are conversing...

In its most profound sense, to have a
conversation is to bring one's soul
nearer to another's in order to reveal
and illuminate his or her core...

There were many different opportunities
which helped pave the the long road ...
that brought Cardinal Bergoglio and me
closer and allowed us to get to know
each other better.

(Out of our conversations) written ideas
become permanent testimonies that allow
people to access them...

We have transformed our dialogue into a
group conversation, exposing our souls.

- from the introductory chapter entitled
  "How We Experience Dialogue"


My Thoughts:

It is now almost two months since the
election of Pope Francis, and many of
our first impressions of him have been
good. In many ways he is quite different
from his predecessor, but it is also
apparent that he was selected because
his theological stance remains true to
those popes who have served before him.

He is a Jesuit, the first from that
order to be elected pope. Popes
and Jesuits have not always gotten on,
but it is clear that Francis assumes
a non-combative stance. It should also be
assumed that his theological formation
is as good as any pope. Added to that
is his authenticity and his heart for the
poor and those on the margins of society.

How will all this pan out as time
confronts the new pope with big
decisions and church politics?
All we know at this point is how
he has dealt with major issues in
his own past.

These two books provide openings
into the new pope's life and mind.
And, we can rejoice that he seems
quite accessible and truly human.

Whether we are Catholic or not,
we truly want to see him succeed
as perhaps the leading global
figure of spiritual conscience.

So let us all indeed "pray for him"
and try to come to know him better,
as he desires to get to know us.


Buy the Books from

Pray for Me:

On Heaven and Earth:



Ottawa, ON

May 26th, 2013


Your Lichtenberg quote would be enough for
this week all on its own, it seems to me.

Thanks, Isabel

From Colleagues List Wisdom of the Week
May 26th, 2013 Issue:

"I cannot say whether things will get better
if we change; what I can say is that they
must change if they are to get better."

- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg



San Antonio, TX

Personal Web Site
May 26th, 2013

"Ordinary Time"



Poem by Walt Whitman
Born May 31st, 1819

Englewood Review of Books
May 31st, 2013


Welby and Francis to Meet in Assisi

The Tablet
May 31st, 2013


Bible-Based Movies are Popular
May 21st, 2013


Karen Stiller, A.C. Forest Prizewinner

Faith Today
May/June, 2012


When Peace Came to Ireland

America Magazine
June 2nd, 2013


Reveals His Gayness, Risks Vocation

Uca News
May 29th, 2013


Chicago Writer Had a Heart for Imagery

National Catholic Reporter,
May 30th, 2013


"Greeley in America"
America Magazine,
May 31st, 2014


Agree With Him or Not, He Served the Nation

"Canada Would be Different for Women"
 Morgentaler Made A Special Contribution

Calgary Herald
May 29th, 2013


Provided by Sojourners Online

When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic
about the future, my answer is always the same:
If you look at the science about what is happening
on earth and are not pessimistic, you don’t
understand data. But if you meet the people who
are working to restore this earth and the lives
of the poor, and you are not optimistic, you haven’t
got a pulse. What I see everywhere in the world are
ordinary people willing to confront despair, power,
and incalculable odds in order to restore some
semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to
this world.

- Paul Hawken


We have got some very big problems confronting us
and let us not make any mistake about it, human
history in the future is fraught with tragedy...
It's only through people making a stand against
that tragedy and being doggedly optimistic that
we are going to win through. If you look at the
plight of the human race it could well tip you
into despair, so you have to be very strong.

- Robert James Brown


Love the poor and love poverty, for it is by
such love that we become truly poor. As the
Scripture says, we become like the things we
love. If you love the poor you will share
their poverty and be poor like them. If you
love the poor be often with them. Be glad to
see them in your own home and to visit with
them in theirs. Be glad to talk to them and
be pleased to have them near you in church,
on the street, and elsewhere. Be poor in
conversing with them and speak to them as
their companions do, but be rich in assisting
them by sharing some of your more abundant
goods with them.

- Francis de Sales


Provided from the Archives
of the New York Times






Cesar Chavez

"When we are really honest with ourselves, we
must admit that our lives are all that really
belong to us. So it is how we use our lives
that determines what kind of men we are. It
is my deepest belief that only by giving our
lives do we find life. I am convinced that
the truest act of courage, the strongest act
of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for
others in totally nonviolent struggle for
justice. To be a man is to suffer for others.
God help us to be men!"

- Cesar Chavez


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