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By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9716-8/3/17

Following is part 2 of 3 in a series on the Convocation of Catholic Leaders which took place in Orlando Florida in early July.

 

The past decades have seen considerable cultural shifts that have transformed the way society functions, and tremendously affected the practice of our Catholic faith. During the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando in early July, Dr. Hoffsman Ospino of Boston College identified four of these shifts, giving abundant weight to the words of Pope Francis that our times are “not merely an era of change, but a change of era.”

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9715-7/20/17

A few weeks ago, I was in Boston filming the talk show I’m on (The Gist, CatholicTV.com) and before I left from home said a little prayer I could get to confession while I was up there.

 

I wasn’t sure how it would work, but spending a week at a television station that films daily Mass, I thought there might be a chance. Also, my main boss up there is an auxiliary bishop so I felt like that improved my chances.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9715-7/20/17

“I prayed for you today,” was all the note on my pillow said.

 

It was sweet, charming, to-the-point and full of love.

 

Just like my wife.

 

It was the latest in a series of missives shared between the two of us, each being left on the other’s pillow depending on who had laid Isaac down for the evening.

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9715-7/20/17

No mucho tiempo después de asumir el papado, el Papa Francisco publicó Evangelii Gaudium, una exhortación apostólica estableciendo un plan para la evangelización del mundo moderno. Un documento singular debido a su tono personal y familiar, La Alegría del Evangelio se lee como una reflexión del Cardenal Bergoglio basada en sus años de experiencia pastoral la cual ahora comparte con el mundo como Papa. Cuando leí la exhortación, quedé contento al encontrar que por un buen número de párrafos el Papa comparte consejos prácticos a los sacerdotes para escribir mejores homilías.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9715-7/20/17

Not long after assuming the Papacy, Pope Francis published Evangelii Gaudium, an apostolic exhortation where he set forth a blueprint for the evangelization of the modern world. Unique due to its personal and colloquial tone, The Joy of the Gospel reads as a reflection of the years of Cardinal Bergoglio’s pastoral experience, which he now shares with the world as pope. When I read the document, I was pleased to find that he spent countless paragraphs giving fellow priests practical advice on homilies.

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9714-7/6/17

“How can I be a saint,” 7-year-old Isabel asked me the other day. We were talking about Mary, Jesus’ mommy, and Isabel told me she wanted to be like her.

 

In these kinds of parenting moments, it can be temping to climb up on a soapbox and start really unloading the information. But the beautiful thing about talking with a 7-year-old is that you have to be brief.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9714-7/6/17

It took only three minutes of standing behind Magan at the resort check-in desk before I knew we had to find everyone some distraction, and fast. 

 

Only 19 hours earlier, a discreetly-placed set of mouse ears in my birthday card had given away the surprise of a trip to Disney World--six of those hours on the road and maybe (I mean, maybe) five more tied up in anyone actually sleeping.

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9714-7/6/17

A menudo oramos para que se haga la voluntad de Dios en nuestras vidas, nuestras familias, nuestras comunidades, nuestra Iglesia y el mundo entero. Cada vez que rezamos la oración más perfecta, el Padre Nuestro, pedimos a Dios que se haga su voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo. En nuestro idioma tenemos tantas maneras de evocar la voluntad de Dios con respecto a eventos futuros usando expresiones como “Dios quiera,” “Primero Dios,” “Si Dios lo permite.” y “Si Dios la licencia” para nombrar algunas.Oramos para que se haga la voluntad de Dios, pero ¿cómo sabemos si la estamos haciendo?

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9714-7/6/17

We often pray for God’s will to be done in our lives, our families, our communities, our church and the world. Every time we pray the perfect prayer, the Our Father, we ask for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9713-6/22/17

The last few weeks have found me a little emotional. What do I mean by that? Well, the latest incident involved me passing a mother and her six children as they walked into a local fast food establishment (I was leaving from grabbing my caffeine fix) and welling up with tears as I told the woman “beautiful family!”

 

So yeah, emotional.

 

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