Friday, October 31, 2014

We ought to always be doing something

'Idleness is a pestilence to a Christian man; we ought always therefore to be doing something, especially when we are alone in our rooms, lest the devil should come in and catch us idle.'

St. Philip Neri, C.O.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

God is not a magician

Enjoyed this writeup about Pope Francis' recent words to a plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences:

The “Big Bang” and evolution are not only consistent with biblical teachings, Pope Francis told a Vatican gathering – they are essential to understanding God.

“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything — but that is not so,” the pope told a plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

“He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment,” Pope Francis said.

The earth’s origins were not chaotic, the pontiff said, but were created from a principle of love, reported Religion News Service.
Read on

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The cross

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"Jesus' Cross shows the full force of evil, but also the full power of God's mercy."

Pope Francis, S.J.

26 October 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The St. Louis arch

On this day in 1965, the Gateway Arch was completed.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

New York City subway anniversary

On this day in 1904, at 2:35pm, the New York City subway system opened.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Long nights in prayer and long days in service

"Long nights in front of the Lord in prayer must lead to long days of service in the streets, and long days of service in the streets must lead to long nights in the chapel."

Father Robert Barron

Homily for the Thirtieth Sunday
in Ordinary Time

Mundelein Seminary
26 October 2014