Random Musings of Faith – July 28, 2014

– Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary as I pray for peace in the Middle East today.

– Interesting article on “The Tablet” webpage today. Among the discussion of the future Archbishop of Chicago is the ongoing discussion of the impact of Pope Francis on the worldwide Church and more particularly on the Church in the United States.  For me, Pope Francis has not in any way changed the content of the Church’s Faith, so much as he has changed the conversation. By this I mean that he has helped all of us engage the world, cultures, other religions, believers, unbelievers, etc. not by being defined by what we are against, so much as what we are for. We are for those on the margins, the poor, the sick, the immigrant, the homeless, the unloved, the prisoner. We are for peace. We are about mercy and forgiveness. We are for Christian reconciliation.  But most especially, we are about the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Good News as gift offered for the salvation of all who come to believe in Him as their Lord and Savior.

– Just finishing an interesting book on the Carmelite martyrs of Compiégne who were guillotined in 1794 during the reign of terror because they refused to renounce their faith and join the revolution. I highly recommend it because it not only is a powerful story but it sets straight the historical record that has been somewhat distorted by the earlier novels and an opera.

Bush, William. To Quell the Terror: the True Story of the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiégne. Washington DC: ICS Publications, 1999.

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