Wednesday, May 27, 2015

From Pope Francis - May 27, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 27 May 2015 -

Pope on Dating: Relationships should be based 
on a solid foundation, not fading emotions.


For about 20 minutes, Pope Francis made his way along St. Peter's Square in the popemobile, greeting and blessing pilgrims along the way. 

"This one is a newborn!”

The Pope also took the time to bless some photos that pilgrims stretched out as far as they could reach. 

In his catechesis, Pope Francis talked about dating and setting a solid foundation for marriage. Love, he explained shouldn't be improvised or based on fading emotions. 

POPE FRANCIS

"The freedom of giving oneself to another is a decision that requires a conscious harmony.  It's not about a simple mutual attraction, an emotion, a moment or a phase. It's a journey.” 

He was quite direct in addressing some of the challenges young couples face. From dating to premarital sex. He said that taking things lightly is a double edged sword. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Those who want to have everything immediately, also fall before anything immediately, when facing the first challenge or fist opportunity.  Dating is a time for couples to see if there is the will to care for something that cannot be bought, sold, betrayed or abandoned, no matter how appealing the offer is.” 

When it comes to marriage prep courses, the Pope recognized that many engaged couples shy away from them. But then they are happy that they carried them out. 

POPE FRANCIS

"The truth is, there they find the opportunity, oftentimes the only one, to reflect on their relationship beyond superficial terms. Yes, many of these couples have been together for a long time, even intimately. Some even live together, but they don't truly know one another.” 

Before heading out, he asked the thousands of pilgrims out in the Square to pray a Hail Mary together for all the couples who are in the dating phase of their relationship. So they may recognize the beauty of the journey that can lead to the most important decision of their lives. 


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

From Pope Francis - May 20, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 20 May 2015 -

Pope to Separated Parents: Do not take your kids hostage

Good weather returned to Rome, and it brought large crowds to the Pope's general audience on Wednesday.

Moving among the thousands of pilgrims, the Pope heard a unique sound in St. Peter's Square. And just moments before he delivered his catechesis, he discovered where the music was coming from.

Pope Francis reflected on the challenges of raising children and how hard it is to find balance between affection and authority. He said that some situations are harder than others.

POPE FRANCIS

"It is even harder for separated parents, who are weighed down by their situation. FLASH. They have struggled, have been separated and many times the child becomes a hostage. The father speaks ill of the mother and the mother speaks ill of the father. And a lot of damage is done.”

Not included was a condemnation of their status as separated parents. Instead, he talked about the children and how to care for their emotional needs in complicated situations like this. 

POPE FRANCIS

"To you, separated couples, I advise: Never, never, never, take your child hostage. You are separated by so many difficulties and life has tested you. But children should not carry of the burden of your separation.”

According to the Pope, it is necessary for parents to play a role in educating their children. They must assume most of the responsibility of intellectual formation, and not pass it off to  teachers or other educational professionals. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Deprived of their role, parents feel guilty and become possessive in their relationship with their children, to the point of never correcting them. Increasingly, they tend to entrust their children to experts. Even with the most sensitive and personal aspects of  life, they get out of the way. And so parents are likely to opt out of their children's lives, and this is very serious.”

After the audience, Pope Francis repeated his call for religious freedom. He recalled that next Sunday is the day of prayer for Catholics in China, and on Saturday night Italian bishops convened a prayer vigil for persecuted Christians worldwide. The Pope said that the persecution of Christians is a great tragedy in our time and an unacceptable crime.


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Resorts Casino, Atlantic City - May 21, 2015

The next trip Resort Casino is Thursday, May 21st, The bus will leave at 9:30 am sharp and will return after six hours at the casino. Please make check payable to St. Columba in the amount of $30. Payments can be dropped off at the rectory during office hours or can be put through the slot at the convent door. Because of the need to pay for the bus in advance, anyone deciding to go on the trip on the day it occurs will be charged $35

Please spread the word to all you think may be interested. See you on the bus!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

From Pope Francis - May 13, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 13 May 2015 -

 Remember the magic phrases: May I? Thank you and Pardon Me

In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis focused on the family. He highlighted the three phrases that should often be said to foster respect:  May I? thank you and pardon me. 

The three phrases are more than just good manners, explained the Pope, they are a way to renew trust in family life. 

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

Today I would like to continue our catechesis on the family by reflecting on three phrases: "May I?”, "Thank you”, and "Pardon me”.  These simple phrases are not so easy to say or to put into practice.  But when they are ignored, their absence can cause cracks in the foundation of the family, which can lead to its collapse. 

 If these words are part of our daily lives, not just as a formal expression of good manners, but as a sign of deep love for one another, they strengthen a happy family life.  "May I?” – even if we think we have the right to something, when we speak to our spouse or family member with kindness we create space for a true spirit of marital and familial common life.  

We renew trust and respect, revealing our love for others, and we allow them to open the door of their hearts to us.   "Thank you” – our society has great need for gratitude, which makes us more sensitive to the dignity of the human person and the demands of social justice.  Thankfulness is also the language of God, to whom above all we must express our gratitude.  

"Pardon me” – Without these words, hurt can develop in our relationships, and weaken our life as a family.  But when we ask forgiveness, we show our desire to restore what was lost – respect, honesty, love – and healing between family members is made possible.  "May I?”, "Thank you”, "Pardon me” – Let us ask the Lord to keep these three phrases in our hearts, our homes and our communities.

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I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Sweden, Taiwan, Cameroon and the United States.  May Jesus Christ strengthen you and your families in faith, so that you may be a sign to the world of his love and mercy.  May God bless you all!   


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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

From Pope Francis - May 6, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - 

Pope Francis discusses “the beauty of Christian marriage” 
in his general audience

Pope Francis reflected again on marriage and the love between spouses, during his weekly general audience.

Based on the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians, the Pope said that marriage "is a sacrament of the Church in which a new family community is born.” He stressed that the love between spouses should be like Christ's love for the Church and that it "takes courage to love like this.”

SUMMARY OF CATECHESIS:

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Continuing our catechesis on the family, we now reflect on the beauty of Christian marriage, that sacrament which builds up the community of the Church and society. Marriage has been inscribed in creation’s design by God, and, by his grace, countless Christian men and women have lived married life fully.

Marriage is an act of faith in God’s plan for humanity and an act of selfless love.  Saint Paul tells us that married love is an image of the love between Christ and his Church; a husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the Church, by giving himself completely for her.

When a man and a woman marry in the Lord, they participate in the missionary life of the Church, by living not only for themselves or their own family, but for all people. Therefore the life of the Church is enriched through every marriage which shows forth this beauty, and is impoverished when marriage is disfigured in any way.

A couple which faithfully and courageously lives the grace of this sacrament assists the Church in offering the gifts of faith, hope and love to all people, and helps others to experience these gifts in their married lives and their families. May married couples live this mystery ever more fully, trusting in God’s tenderness and the Church’s maternal care.


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