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Hopefully, this will provide
background on this intriguing global
Colleague Comment this week is from
Isabel Gibson of
Ottawa who has thoughts
on last week's "Wisdom of the Week."
Contribution for this issue
is from my longstanding priest friend
Rolheiser of San Antonio. http://tinyurl.com/ka82ofh
"I Hear America Singing" - from an era past
appealing, a poem by New England
sage and author of "Leaves of Grass," Walt
Whitman (Englewood Review of Books)) http://tinyurl.com/mhxoods
"Canterbury to Visit Pope" -
are in the works for a meeting of
the two global Christian
(The Tablet, UK) http://tinyurl.com/k32qkaf
"Scripture on the Silver
Screen" - here
are insights into how the Bible continues
"Visiting the World's Newest
Karen Stiller won an award from the
Canadian Church Press for
that appeared on the South Sudan
last year (Faith Today) http://tinyurl.com/m3a4p6q
"Lessons from the Good
Friday Agreement" -
it is now more than fourteen years since
document was signed by
combatants in Northern Ireland
"Catholic Priest Comes Out
of the Closet"
this recently appeared in the Catholic press
and it signals
changes in the works
(Uca News) http://tinyurl.com/pa9ryae
"Andrew Greeley, Priest
Writer, Dies at 85" -
Greeley was a longtime friend of colleague
Marty in Chicago; I too read many of
his books and appreciated our
(National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine) http://tinyurl.com/k6o7fm2 http://tinyurl.com/kkd9n6
"How Henry Morgentaler
Changed Canada's Laws" -
this man was well-known in Canada a
ago and continues to invoke strong feelings -
pro-and-con - for
his stand and work on abortion
(Calgary Herald) http://tinyurl.com/l7wpe6n
Wisdom of the Week
- comes through the
good services of Sojourners online.
Robert James Brown and
Francis de Sales appear this week.
This collection of study
more than a decade of Monday Night Studies at
David's, plus extra courses too!
You are welcome to use our course
class notes and resource pages in your personal
PRAY FOR ME
The Life and Spiritual Vision
Francis, First Pope
from the Americas
by Robert Moynihan.
Random House Canada, Image hardcover
ON HEAVEN AND EARTH
Pope Francis on Faith,
Family and the
in the Twenty-First Century
by Jorge Mario Bergoglio
$25.00 CAD. Kindle $10.99.
Random House Canada, Image
From the founder and editor of Inside
the Vatican magazine, the
well-informed, comprehensive monthly on
the Roman Catholic
Church, comes this
enlightening introduction to the life
teachings of Jorge Mario
Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, the first
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
the Northern and Southern
hemispheres and religious traditions in a
we've never seen before, signifying a
new global vision for the 1.2 billion
who call themselves Catholic.
Now a leading expert on the
the ultimate introduction to this new Pope,
biographical information and an
absorbing collection of Jorge Mario
most persuasive words.
Dr. Robert Moynihan is founder and editor of
Vatican magazine, a monthly journal
on Church and world affairs from Rome.
regarded as one of the world's leading Vatican
received his PhD in medieval
studies from Yale University and divides his
time between Rome and Front Royal, Virginia.
Who is this man? What does he believe?
What will he do as
leader of the church?
This book hopes to provide starting points
answer some of those questions.
Written in the two weeks following the
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,
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
(but) The central point of this book is to
readers the opportunity to journey alongside
this new pope, to
experience the soul of this
ma, the strength, passion and
The simple request was his first "Pray for Me."
his own imperfection, his humanity.
He knows he needs the prayers of
In calling for prayers for himself, Pope
Francis asks us as a
community to care for
the poor, those treated unjustly, for the
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,
- from the Preface.
Heaven and Earth"
From the man who became Pope Francis,
Bergoglio shares his thoughts
on religion, reason, and the challenges
the world faces in the 21st century with
Abraham Skorka, a rabbi and
For years Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio,
of Argentina, and Rabbi Abraham
Skorka were tenacious promoters of
inter-religious dialogues on faith and
reason. They both sought to build
among Catholicism, Judaism, and the world
at large. On Heaven
and Earth, originally
published in Argentina in 2010, brings
series of these conversations
where both men talked about various
theological and worldly issues, including
God, fundamentalism, atheism,
homosexuality, euthanasia, same-sex marriage,
globalization. From these personal and
accessible talks comes a first-hand
the man who would become pope to 1.2 billion
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
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
pave the the long road ...
that brought Cardinal Bergoglio and me
and allowed us to get to know
each other better.
(Out of our
conversations) written ideas
become permanent testimonies that
people to access them...
We have transformed our dialogue into
group conversation, exposing our souls.
- from the introductory
"How We Experience Dialogue"
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
that he was selected because
his theological stance remains true to
popes who have served before him.
He is a Jesuit, the first from
order to be elected pope. Popes
and Jesuits have not always gotten
but it is clear that Francis assumes
a non-combative stance. It should
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
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.
two books provide openings
into the new pope's life and mind.
And, we can
rejoice that he seems
quite accessible and truly human.
are Catholic or not,
we truly want to see him succeed
as perhaps the
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
When asked if I am pessimistic or
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
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,
got a pulse. What I see everywhere in the world are
people willing to confront despair, power,
and incalculable odds in order to
semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to
- Paul Hawken
We have got some very big problems
and let us not make any mistake about it, human
in the future is fraught with tragedy...
It's only through people making a
that tragedy and being doggedly optimistic that
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.
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
poverty and be poor like them. If you
love the poor be often with them. Be
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,
the street, and elsewhere. Be poor in
conversing with them and speak to them
their companions do, but be rich in assisting
them by sharing some of
your more abundant
goods with them.
- Francis de
ON THIS DAY
Provided from the Archives
New York Times
"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
deepest belief that only by giving our
lives do we find life. I am convinced
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