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Pope: the Saints tell us to trust the Lord and not be afraid to go against the tide

On the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis reminds us that "life's goal is not death" but heaven. The saints are not supermen, but ordinary people who lived following Jesus; people who loved others instead of hating them, in the spirit of the beatitudes. This afternoon, the Pope will celebrate Mass at the Verano cemetery and pray especially for Christians who died "because of persecution."

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "What do the Saints tell us today? They tell us to trust the Lord because He does not disappoint! The Lord is our friend; He never disappoints! With their witness, they encourage us not to be afraid of going against the tide or of being misunderstood and ridiculed when we speak about Him and the Gospel". This is the teaching Pope Francis offers for the Solemnity of All Saints, which the Catholic Church celebrates today.

Pope Francis has often called on Christians to "go against the tide". In today's feast, he focuses on three aspects of going against the dominant mind-set. The first is victory over death. "The feast of All Saints," the pope said, "reminds us that death is not the goal of our existence, Heaven is! As the Apostle John wrote, 'We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is' (1Jn, 3:2). The Saints, God's friends, assure us that this promise will not disappoint. During their earthly existence in fact, they lived in deep communion with God, so much so that they become like Him. In the faces of their younger and more despised brothers, they saw God's face, and now they contemplate it face to face in its glorious beauty."

The second aspect is to live the beatitudes following Jesus Christ. "To be holy," the pope noted, "is not a privilege of a few, but a vocation for everyone. Everyone can be called to walk along the path of holiness, and this path has a name and a face: Jesus Christ. He shows us the way in the Gospel: that of the Beatitudes (cf. Mt, 5:1-12). The Kingdom of Heaven is in fact for those who put their safety in God' love, not in things. It is for those who have a simple, humble heart; those who do not assume to be fair; those who do not judge others; those who know how to suffer with those who suffer and rejoice with those who rejoice; those who are merciful, not violent, who try to be artisans of reconciliation and peace."

The third aspect is love against hate. "The Saints," Francis noted, "are not supermen, nor were they born perfect. They are people who before reaching the glory of heaven led a normal life, with joys and sorrows, struggles and hopes. But when they encountered God's love, they followed him wholeheartedly, without preconditions or hypocrisy. They spent their lives in the service of others, endured suffering and adversity without hate and responded to evil with good deeds, spreading joy and peace. Saints are men and women who have joy in their heart and pass it onto others." Indeed, "Saints did not hate," he said. "Love comes from God. From whom comes hatred? Saints do not hate."

Read the rest here: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope%3A-the-Saints-tell-us-to-trust-the-Lord-and-not-be-afraid-to-go-against-the-tide-29432.html

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – October 31, 2013

Talking About the Things That Matter Most on Oct. 31

4:00 – Kresta Comments

4:20 – Judges in OK and TX Strike Down Pro-Life Laws
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday reaffirmed its earlier ruling that the state's 2011 Pro-life law is unconstitutional. The ruling comes one day after a federal judge found parts of Texas' abortion legislation unconstitutional. The Oklahoma law, which limits how medication can be used to induce abortions, was struck down in 2012 by an Oklahoma district court and later upheld by the State Supreme Court. Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt then sought to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, prompting the federal high court to pose several questions regarding the Oklahoma court's finding. We talk to pro-life attorney Clarke Forsythe about these cases and his recent book, Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade.

5:00 - The Charismatic Renewal, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church
When the newly elected Pope Francis appeared at the window before the cheering crowd in St Peter’s Square, and promptly bowed down asking the people to pray for him, most of the public at large was charmed, but puzzled. Pope Benedict too had asked the people to pray for him from the outset, but without the bowed head. To some spectators, however—including the members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and their counterparts in the Protestant and Orthodox worlds—the gesture came as something surprisingly familiar.  In the “charismatic” galaxy, prayer is offered and asked for in this way by people of all levels—specifically, prayer for a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We talk to Dr. Mary Healy, head of the Doctrinal Commission of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services

 

The Hell You Say?

People often ask about how a loving God can allow hell.  Since tonight is supposedly “Devil’s Night”  (though I much rather think of it as “The Baptized Stick a Finger in the Devil’s Eye Night”) I thought I’d share a little reflection on how I make sense of these two seemingly diametrically opposed concepts of [Read More...]

All Hallow’s Eve. Be Not Afraid.

It’s been a pleasure to see more Catholics discovering the truth about Halloween over the last few years.  Namely, that it isn’t a pagan holiday, but a Christian one–and primarily, a Catholic Christian one.  The always illuminating Mark Shea  points us to a great summary of why Christians don’t need to avoid Halloween like some [Read More...]

A Diabolical, Nostalgic Plan

Current Issue: Controversies with Coren

October 24, 2013
"Division. We love it, we relish it, we eat and drink it, we splash around in the bath of it."

Dear Wormwood,
Your uncle is, as you know, a little—how shall we say?—distracted right now, and as I am considered something of an expert when it comes to Christians of the Catholic variety, I’ve been asked to help out a little.

I’ve looked at the files on your man, and you need to be extremely careful here. The believers on what the humans call the “left” of their church are easy. We’ve managed to convince them that salvation is to be found in social programs, liberal politics, and making jokes about conservatives. We’ve done a wonderful job in making it all about politics for them—all about the good they think they can do—and the angrier they become at those they see as their earthly enemies, the further they move away from their god. It’s very successful, and such great fun too. The joke is that they hardly change anything anyway, but the better and more pompous they feel about themselves the less humble and more strident they are, and that makes our enemy even more upset and disappointed.

Anyway, more about that and them later. You see, your little man is of the other variety, the conservatives. They’re much more tricky. They’ve seen through our propaganda campaign—“everything in the past was wrong”, “we have to change with the times”, “intelligent people don’t believe that” and so on. We’ve tried using doubt, confusion, fear, and the truly delicious “apathy” but it doesn’t work on them. So, let me suggest another approach. It’s what I like to call nostalgia. Try to make them confuse Catholicism with history, and faith with living in the past. It’s quite funny actually, and at times some of their more conservative Masses look more like auditions for a BBC costume drama than gatherings of the flock about to be fed His body and His blood.

You have to be careful though. Some of them are the strongest and most fearless of the damnable tribe, and they are there precisely for the continuity and the tradition in the best sense, the real sense, in His sense. It makes me so mad! But not all of them—oh no, no, no. Some are there because they have cultivated a mock cynicism, looking down from some moralistic pedestal of their own creation so as to spit their contempt on the ordinary Catholics below, whom they tend to dislike even more than our good, fine friends the atheists.

Read the rest here: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/2665/a_diabolical_nostalgic_plan.aspx#disqus_thread

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – October 30, 2013

Talking About the Things That Matter Most on Oct. 30

4:00 – Kresta Comments

5:00 – The Obamacare Debacle and How We Can Still Serve the Least Among Us
Kathleen Sebelius was on Capitol Hill today testifying about the horrendous roll-out of Obamacare, the health insurance marketplace, and the future of the legislation. Paul Propson, Executive Director of Covenant Community Care, knows these issues well and is here to answer questions like; wopis going to benefit from the changes in the health insurance marketplace?; How is employer sponsored coverage being affected?; Who currently is eligible for Medicaid and who will be eligible in the future?;Will Medicare recipients be affected by these changes

5:40 – “Marriage Isn’t Easy, But It’s Beautiful,” Says Pope Francis
Pope Francis addressed the meeting of the Pontifical Council of the Family this past weekend. In part, he said “The Catholic Church must help young people understand that marriage isn’t always easy, but it is so beautiful.” Dr Greg Popcak is here to look at the habits couples need to establish in the early years of marriage to create a firm foundation for lasting love.  We talk about what makes Catholic marriage unique and why God wants each couples marriage to be the greatest love story ever told. 

So Who Designed Your Bucket List?






GBL260x391You’ve probably been asked about the “what” when it comes to your bucket list; top goals to accomplish, dreams to fulfill, or fantasy items to obtain before you kick the proverbial bucket. Maybe it’s the chance to own that villa in Italy or the south of France. Maybe it’s finally taking that dream cruise or going on that African safari. But how m...

“Marriage Isn’t Easy, But It’s Beautiful,” Says Pope Francis.

Regular listeners to More2Life Radio know that our regular marriage contributors, Frank and Julie LaBoda, serve on the Pontifical Council for the Family and are currently in Rome for a Council meeting.  In his address to the Council this past weekend, Pope Francis had some truly inspiring words for married couples. The Catholic Church must help young [Read More...]

Boy Wanders Onto Stage To Hang Out With Pope Francis

Pope doesn’t seem to mind the company. This is super cute.
 
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1. Thousands of Catholic families from around the world gathered at the Vatican over the weekend to celebrate the Year of Faith with Pope Francis.

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

2. On Saturday evening, a small group of children was invited to sit on the pope’s platform to listen to speakers from across the world speak about their faith and families.

3. While representatives from more than 80 countries addressed the pope, a little boy walked onto the stage to say hello.

Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed / Via youtube.com
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed / Via youtube.com

5. Pope Francis was visibly amused when the child stayed on the stage instead of returning to his seat on the steps.

Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed / Via youtube.com
 

Top Dem Admits: ‘We Knew’


House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer
October 29, 2013 11:56 AM
National Review
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer conceded to reporters today that Democrats knew people would not be able to keep their current health care plans under Obamacare and expressed qualified contrition for President Obama’s repeated vows to the contrary.

“We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,” Hoyer said in response to a question from National Review.

Asked by another reporter how repeated statements by Obama to the contrary weren’t “misleading,” Hoyer said “I don’t think the message was wrong. I think the message was accurate. It was not precise enough…[it] should have been caveated with – ‘assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do.’”

Hoyer noted that people losing access to their current plans are mostly in the individual market, which is a small segment of the overall market. He also argued that requiring those plans to follow new mandates and regulations was important for ensuring those plans included “adequate coverage so the public would not have to be on the hook for serious illnesses or other illnesses.”

Read the rest here: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/362484/top-dem-admits-we-knew-jonathan-strong#!
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