December 28, 2022

Pope Francis says retired Pope Benedict is ‘very sick’ 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Saying that retired Pope Benedict XVI was “very sick,” Pope Francis asked people to offer special prayers for him. “I would like to ask all of you for a special prayer for emeritus Pope Benedict,” Pope …

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Sun streaming on dirt path

Trust in the Journey

Reflect Sometimes on the path we’re walking upon it is easy to become haunted by regret, comparisons, or dreams yet to be attained. The contemplative must rise above lingering either-or judgments of oneself and trust in the non-dualistic path that …

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Christmas gifts under a tree | Photo by Lore Schodts on Unsplash

The Challenge of Christmas

There’s something precious about watching young children experience the joy and wonder of the lights and decorations and presents under the tree. But Pope Francis does well to remind us that not all children experience these things that so many of us take for granted. Often we can’t even imagine how terrible life is for these children. This is the challenge of the Gospel, the challenge of Jesus. That challenge doesn’t go away because it’s Christmas. We don’t get a break from the reality of suffering and violence in our world. To hide our faces is to compound our guilt.

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