Earlier today, the Pope addressed the faithful during his weekly General Audience and continued his catechesis on Christian Hope: Focusing on Charity, which he said, "is a grace. It's the fruit, of OUR Saving-Encounter with God’s own love”.
To the thousands of pilgrims gathered at St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said: "he who loves, has the joy of hope because one day, he will be united with the source of all love: the Lord."
Reflecting on readings from Matthew and from Saint Paul, the Pope focused on what he described as our vocation for love and charity. He warned against the risk of hypocrisy and of “hypocritical love” which he said, can be tainted by self-interest. He urged the faithful to not be tempted to carry out works of charity driven by a desire for visibility and approval.
"We can become instruments of God’s love", the Pope explained, "when we allow ourselves to be healed and renewed by the Resurrected Christ".
The Pope urged the faithful to ask our Lord DAILY, to renew the gift of his love-within us and 2 enable us to be witnesses of that love to others, especially those in greatest need.
You can watch the entire General Audience address tomorrow right here on Salt and Light TV immediately following Thursdays edition of Perspectives Daily at 7:05pm Eastern.
In an exclusive, open-letter to The National Catholic Reporter, Marie Collins, a clergy sexual abuse survivor, who resigned on March 1st from The Pope's Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors,.. has responded to comments that Cardinal Muller made, to an Italian newspaper about: the perceived lack of co-operation from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a dicastery, which the Cardinal oversees.
In the letter, Collins rebuts the Cardinal on several of his statements, including HIS claim that there was a permanent contact between the Commission and the CDF in recent years. She also pointed out that the CDF has failed to establish a new Judicial Section- to hear cases against bishops, regarding crimes of abuse of office; when connected to the abuse of minors. Pope Francis had approved that and other proposals, back in June of 2015.
Collins concludes the open-letter with a plea to the Cardinal that, "when a criticism like mine is raised the people of the church deserve to be given a proper explanation. We are entitled to transparency, honesty and clarity."
You can read the full letter of Marie Collins on NCR’s website listed here.
To the US now, where the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has announced that one of its very own priests will be beatified this Sept.23rd. Father Stanley Rother, was a North American priest who worked in Guatemala and was brutally murdered there in 1981. Pope Francis recognized Father Rother's martyrdom last December, making him the first martyr born in the United States.
On the Archdiocese website, they announced: "It's official! Praised be Jesus Christ! Archbishop Coakley received official word Monday morning from Rome that the Servant of God, Father Stanley Rother will be beatified in Oklahoma City in September!"
The Archdiocese sent Father Rother to its mission in Guatemala in 1968, where he helped build a hospital, a school and its first Catholic radio station.
By 1981, Father Rother, was accused by the government of sympathizing with rebels. He suffered the same fate as many of his parishioners and was gunned down in the rectory. His assassins were never identified, caught or prosecuted.
With the Lenten season is in full swing, The Commissariat of the Holy Land in Canada, in collaboration with the Franciscan Family Center in Bethlehem, is offering a new prayer resource entitled "Families on the Way of the Cross".
Prepared by 14 families from the Holy Land and Canada, this pastoral resource unfolds the intimate experience of the Passion of Christ which many families today live through, in their many daily challenges. Inspired by Amoris Laetitia, this Way of the Cross is designed for pastoral use during moments of parish prayer, and for groups or gatherings on Good Friday.
You can get a copy of this Way of the Cross resource on the Commissariats website listed here.
And finally, just a reminder. Tomorrow night here in Toronto, Novalis Publishing in conjunction with St. Peter's Church is having a book presentation to formally debut the new book by Fr.Tom Rosica "The 7 Last Words of Christ"
Come out and join biblical scholar, lecturer, author and founder of Salt and Light TV, Fr. Thomas Rosica, as he reflects on the last words of Christ and their significance to our modern world as portrayed in his recent book,
Novalis will be present with copies of "The 7 Last Words of Christ" for sale. The event starts at 7pm sharp tomorrow at St. Peter’s Church located on 830 Bathurst Street Toronto
Many of the S+L personalities will be present so come on out and say hello but if you can’t make it, the book can be purchased on our website listed here.
And that is all that we have time for today thank you for joining us and we’ll see you again next tomorrow.
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