Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Vincent Johnson

11/2/2013 (2 years ago)

A Blest Life (www.ablestlife.com)

Pope Francis: Prayer keeps us from losing faith.

Our Holy Father is leading us, not in a new direction, but to Our Lord through living the Gospel.

Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.

Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.

Highlights

By Vincent Johnson

A Blest Life (www.ablestlife.com)

11/2/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: Pope, Love, Gospel, Francis, God, Faith, prayer,


MOORESVILLE, NC - I have not had enough time to research Pope Francis as I desire to. Yes, I've read several articles about him, his great humility, his fondness of St. Francis of Assisi, and his great focus on the love and mercy of God. Other than that, I know he is a Jesuit and that he practices what he preaches.

While I will endeavor to learn more about him, his life, and writings; that is not necessary for me to follow him as our Pontiff. I think I get him.   
 
Our church has for years been focused on making sure we follow the teachings of the church, and that we endlessly fight those forces, internal as well as external, trying to "tear down" our faith.  I won't disparage any of this as I would be included in that group.

Pope Francis; a man of Destiny.


What I feel His Holiness is doing is, something different. Paraphrasing the quote from Einstein "Insanity is continuing to do the same thing, and expecting a different result" I think he can get a different result, much like how we saw John Paul II enamoring the youth in his younger days; except Francis will be doing this with us more mature Catholics.

Another saying is that the best defense is a good offense. I think the battle should be more for souls than keeping intact that which the "gates of hell will never prevail" against! Isn't that truly what we should be doing, bringing and being Christ to others? If others can see Christ in how we engage with them, doesn't that bode well for the Holy Mother Church?

We, or the Pope for that matter, do not deny the ineffable truths of our faith or the teaching authority (Magisterium) of the church. It's evident by what the Pope has said now and in the past. The media and more progressive leaning talking heads will misunderstand, misconstrue, or take out of context what the Holy Father says from time to time; even if it is intentional. I think we could even ignore the mainstream media and keep focus on our duties as Catholics; to go out and evangelize the world.

We must have faith and trust in Our Lord. We can change things; we don't have to keep doing the same old things. We can do this by loving those whom Our Lord Jesus Christ loves, and bringing them the gospel through our lives and how we live it. Maybe it's time for us to change.

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---

Web site to inspire others in facing their day.



Comments


More Blog

Book Review: Encountering The Manuscripts

Image of

By Norm LeDonne

I never gave much thought as to how the New Testament came to be written. I had assumed that someone carefully compiled the various writings sometime in the late 1st century, and that an intact New Testament existed from that time. That being said, I was frequently ... continue reading


Jesus Loves You: Trust in Him!

Image of

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, CPC

There is so much to prayer beyond simply asking God for all that we need in this life. When we trust in Jesus, and subsequently praise and worship Him for all that He is, we are surprisingly and profoundly filled with hope for today and eternity, we encounter sublime ... continue reading


Who Am I

Image of

By Norm LeDonne

Humble people often have times in their lives when they receive an honor that they think they did not deserve. This praise may lead them to ask the question "who am I to deserve this?" They consider themselves unworthy of the glory for whatever reason and they question ... continue reading


The Storm of Resistance

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

The powerful winds swirled and twisted around my body as I stood there motionless. It danced so close to me, yet left me completely unscathed. It circled round me as if I was the eye of it's existence standing there in it's center completely calm and at peace. My arms ... continue reading


We Can't Give Up On Marriage

Image of

By Tara K. E. Brelinsky

Considering the recent focus on the family both inside and outside of the Church, it seemed fitting that we'd find ourselves under a spiritual attack, targeted directly at our Achilles's heel. Thus, I wasn't startled to sense that persistent nagging in my gut that ... continue reading


An Encounter With Jesus Through The Hand Of A Child

Image of (Blue Caleel/Pinterest).

By Jackie Stammen

Surprises. Our God is full of surprises. A mentor in my life once told me to expect surprises in life, you are sure to have them. Good or bad, you will experience surprises. Three weeks prior to the end of 2014 (good riddance, you crazy year, I am so glad you are well ... continue reading


The Nails

Image of

By Norm LeDonne

The Nails is a heartfelt ballad by Michael Schroeder, expressing the remorse and love felt by Christians when pondering the great sacrifice that Jesus made for our sins. The song itself is subdued and quite simple in structure and performance. However, this ... continue reading


On Being a Catholic Christian:

Image of

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, CPC

Being a Christian today can be riddled with challenges and awkward times. Being a believing Christian is not for the faint of heart, or for those looking for popularity or worldly reward. However, they are compelled to embrace the high road whenever humanly possible, ... continue reading


So Shines a Good Deed in a Weary World

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Beginning on Saturday of this past weekend, the phrase made popular by Gene Wilder's character in the 1971 film, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "So shines a good deed in a weary world," has been dancing around in my head. I guess it would be logical for me to ... continue reading


My Winged Messengers

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

Whenever I have been blessed to spend time in the chapel at the retreat house at the Abbey at the Genesee, an assortment of birds always flies above and around the exterior of the chapel as I first begin to pray - carefree, chirping, doing what God created them to do, ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23
1 In the end it was Job who broke the silence and cursed the day of his ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 88:2-3, 4-5, 6, 7-8
2 may my prayer reach your presence, hear my cry for help.3 ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:51-56
51 Now it happened that as the time drew near for him to be taken up, he ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 27th, 2016 Image

St. Vincent de Paul
September 27: St. Vincent de Paul was born to a poor peasant ... Read More