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Pope Francis on Fasting

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March 3, 2017 · 7:18 am

Contemplatives Go Mainstream

A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to “dream” of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King sought to do; when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work, the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton.

——Pope Francis Address to Congress

pope rolling storeI am sure that the address of Pope Francis was viewed  by millions of people, as well as  witnessed by a joint session of the US Congress. In it he affirmed four Americans of great note. Among them was Thomas Merton whom he identified as a contemplative. Such an affirmation will cause people to be curious about contemplative life. Praise God for this man and his willingness to share his bold beliefs with the world. We contemplatives are now part of the mainstream media.

THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’

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The Pope and the Rolling Stone

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The dream of every rising rock star is to one day make the cover of the Rolling Stone. I seriously doubt that the Pope ever expected this or is fully aware of the profound cultural implication. I, for one, think it speaks volumes for his ministry. I pray that he will continue to go to the the world with his message. Today,I am going to buy a copy of the Rolling Stone. The first one I’ve purchased since college. (nearly forty years)

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