Pope Francis

This week my sweet daughter Joy is taking the helm. She was pretty stoked about World Youth Day and wanted to lend her voice to the conversation. I also think she may be missing school just a little bit.

So Joy, darling, take it away:

Going into every spiritual retreat, whether that be SEARCH, Totus Tuus, or a diocese youth conference, expectations arise and are, more frequently than not, met. There is also the rare occasion where an event that I didn’t participate in had an effect on my spiritual life.

I experienced that previously this year on the March for Life, where I had many friends get stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and I was able to see their effect on the world, a world which had, earlier, chosen to ignore the large number of buses from across the United States to peacefully protest.

I was blessed enough to experience the same world-wide feeling of unity reading about World Youth Day. The gathering, starting in 1984 by Saint John Paul II with 300,000 responsive youth has grown to hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world to gather to hear Pope Francis’s message of hope: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7).

The amount of people that are still open to God’s love continues to prove Saint John Paul II’s questions to still be true: “Who claimed that today’s youth has lost their sense of values? Is it really true that they cannot be counted on?”

This year Pope Francis focused on the idea of mercy, encouraging the young people of the world to not be afraid to trust in mercy and in the hope of a better future. He said “People may judge you to be dreamers because you believe in a new humanity, (…) one that refuses to see borders as barriers and can cherish its own traditions without being self-centered or small-minded.”

It was in this way that Pope Francis encouraged the young generation to guide the world into being better by being merciful. It was in the number of youth responding that encourages hope in a more merciful world.

For me this means that I can live with less fear because God’s mercy is in my future. So any pain from today is temporary. There’s a happily-ever-after.

So that means I can contribute to the revolution without fear. I can go to daily Mass during the summer, or go early on Sunday to pray the rosary or Divine Mercy chaplet. I can make the revolution grow by inviting my friends to come with me, knowing that any pain of rejection or judgement would be temporary.

JPII started a revolution to last for centuries. The symbol of the Youth Day Cross, symbolizing the love of Christ for humanity, entrusted to the youth, gives hope in mercy, starting with little acts. How can you start the revolution for mercy this week?

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Why is it silver? Why did it look like iron? Who designed it?

It’s not iron (but they thought it was). It’s not gold (but it usually is).

The first time I laid eyes on Pope Francis’ pectoral cross, I remember thinking it was unlike anything else I had ever seen. When the first shipment of crosses arrived at our office, I noted a few different things… the detail, the signature on the back… and the hologram seal?

Turns out, the cross design is copyrighted and the seal makes sure my customers are getting the real deal. But there is so much more behind that story. Continue reading The Story Behind Pope Francis’ Pectoral Cross

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In case you missed the coverage of Pope Francis’s Christmas speech to the Curia, here are just a few of the headlines that it produced:

Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican’s Bureaucrats : The Two-Way : NPR.

Pope warns Curia against ‘spiritual diseases’ | Crux.

Pope issues scathing critique of Vatican bureaucracy in pre-Christmas meeting | National Catholic Reporter.

Pope Francis

This is what I am really loving about Pope Francis. He doesn’t worry about the bureaucracy or playing nice and leaving things as is; If he see something that needs to get fixed, he tells us. Continue reading Christmas Speech by Pope Francis

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Being a convert to Catholicism I have learned a lot over the past 14 years and even more these past few months of owning Discount Catholic Products. However, one of the things that I’ve always understood is the importance that the Pope has in the Catholic Faith. He is not just the leader of the one billion plus Catholics, but is seen as one of the moral leaders of the world.

While I took an interest in the election of Pope Benedict XVI, I was even more intrigued a year ago Continue reading Celebrating One Year of Pope Francis

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Let us pray that this is the beginning of peace and that thy cycle of violence that has taken the lives of so many innocents and has kept many more from making a pilgrimage to the holy land can come to an end.

 

“More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it. That is why we are here, because we know and we believe that we need the help of God.” – Pope Francis

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