Let's Not Produce 'Little Monster' Priests, Pope Francis Tells ChurchShare on facebook Share on twitterBy Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post ContributorJan 4, 2014 | 12:12 PMPope Francis has urged religious orders of the Catholic Church to strive to mold both the hearts and the minds of those studying in seminaries to become priests, warning that they can otherwise become "little monsters.""We must form their [seminary students'] hearts. Otherwise we create little monsters. And then these little monsters mold the people of God. This really gives me goose bumps," Italian Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica quotes the pope as telling the superiors general of religious orders in a conversation.
Es una fresca tarde de domingo cuando salgo a mi porche. Desde mi casa campestre miro hacia el horizonte y, tomando el escenario frente a mí, nubes anaranjadas se deslizan sobre el profundo cielo azul, reflejando los últimos rayos del sol poniente de Nuevo México. Una gentil brisa se mueve sobre el paisaje mientras el desierto comienza a tomar vida con los sonidos de la noche.
Pope Francis seems to be asking the impossible when he suggests that people check the Bible more than they check their cellphones. The pope has been a regular social media user himself with his Twitter account. However, it seems likely in this case he is taking his own advice.
It’s Friday night; the smell of rain is in the air and the first weekend of summer has come - energy and excitement envelop you. A feeling of invincibility pulsates through your body. You’ve made plans to meet with friends. The stress from school and worries of young life disappear as you anticipate the night’s festivities.
You rummage through the closet and locate your best outfit. A night like this, calls for nothing less. The music plays loudly and freely as you shower and dress.
A familiar ringtone signals a welcoming text: “We’re outside,” the message reads. Your friends have arrived. You smile and take one last look in the mirror. Closing the front door, you make your way to the car that echoes the same loud music left behind. The engine roars and your adrenaline surges as you anxiously await the destination. It’s going to be a night to remember…
You are here for a reason. The time and place you were born, the parents you were given, and the features that make up your appearance are not an accident. Your parents may not have expected you, but God did. In fact, He created you. God made you special, your DNA is like no other, and your fingerprints are yours alone; there is literally no one in the world like you.You were made for a purpose.We live in a world, however, that constantly tells us not to be happy with ourselves. That our lives should appear as exciting as the celebrities on television, and that we should have a constant desire for material things.This type of attitude is completely against the lifestyle that a Christian should live. A worldly person focuses on the temporary comforts of this life where beauty fades and all our works come to an end. The Christian, on the other hand, knows this life is temporary and focuses their time and talents in preparing for the true eternal life to come.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis asked Catholic dioceses around the world to set up a permanent memorial of the Year of Mercy by establishing a hospital, home for the aged or school in an under-served area.
Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday with an evening prayer vigil April 2 and a morning Mass April 3, the pope said the idea came to him during a meeting with a charitable organization and he decided to mention it at the vigil with participants of the European gathering of the World Apostolic Congress of Mercy and followers of the Divine Mercy devotion.
Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season. It is the time in the church year when the faithful remember Christ’s forty days of temptation in the desert and His sufferings and death on the cross.
As believers, it is important that we do not simply go through the motions of Lent such as fasting or abstaining from meat. We need to keep before our minds that God pardoned our sins by the rending of His heart in the tremendous tragedy of His Son’s death. Forgiveness, which is so easy to accept, meant the agony of Calvary.
The story of Christ’s death has been told many times. However, there are details about the last hours of our Lord’s life that you may not be aware of or have considered for some time. We hope the information below will help increase your knowledge and love of God through the Passion of His Christ.
You’re at war. Whether you know it or not; whether you care to believe what you’re about to read or not; it will not change this absolute fact that from the day you were born until the day you die, there is an enemy that will not stop working to destroy you.
You’ve already experienced the enemy’s work in your life. When your patience is tested and you lash out at others, he is there.
Each of us has what we call, close friends and family. These are the people we choose to share and experience the moments of our lives with: watching movies, attending dinners and conversing with almost every day. Yet, we also have distant friends and relatives, the ones we see on occasion at family functions or just in passing moments throughout our lives. The difference in the two relationships is the amount of time we spend with each. and devices.
Vatican City, Feb 21, 2016 / 08:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday said the visit to Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was the “central point” of his spiritual pilgrimage to Mexico. He praised the witness of the Mexican faithful and suggested that Guadalupe is part of their “special inheritance” that launched the evangelization of the Americas.
Faith Formation in our parish seeks to live out this vision set forth in the Church. From womb to tomb, members of the community are nourished through our various programs and processes that seek to fashion a people as disciples of Christ.