Category Archives: Pope Paul VI: The Art and Artist of Dialogue

New book on Pope Francis

I found the writing particularly engaging. It speaks to both novice and the well read. It is broken down into manageable and user-friendly subtopics surrounded by colorful photos.
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Pope Paul VI Anecdote

Father, I was so proud of that medal that I even thought of having it made into a necklace that I could wear. But, the Holy Spirit convicted me of my pride and attachment. There was a woman who came to daily Mass, who was tormented by evil spirits. These spirits would constantly taunt her and blaspheme Jesus and the Church. She could not get anyone to help her or deliver her. I had befriended her. When she saw the medal I received, she was filled with awe and tears. Prompted by the Holy Spirit, I was moved to give her the medal from Pope Paul VI. The woman was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude, and was delivered from the evil spirits that tormented her. As far as I know, she never heard those voices again. Praise God! Continue reading

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Good Reading on Vatican II

My favorite was “Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II” by Richard R. Gaillardetz and Catherine E. Clifford. I preferred this because it was crisp, accessible, well-founded, and non-ideological. A wide audience could benefit from this book, from beginner to scholar. It was well written too, which is not always the case with theological works. I didn’t sense a conservative or progressive bent. Simply, a concise and practical analysis of the documents, with appropriate background. It was interesting reading as well. Continue reading

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Vatican Splendors exhibit in Pittsburgh

Very inspiring. The Church has an amazing legacy of art. Popes Paul VI and John Paul II have done much to re-invigorate the Church’s appreciation of art and relationship with artists. John Paul’s letter to artists is outstanding. Check it out on Vatican.va. Continue reading

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How to Imitate the Holy Family

5. Make your home a place of prayer. Your day shouldn’t be dominated by devotions, but you should have some regular, routine family prayers, just as the Holy Family did. They prayed and studied the Scriptures, but still managed to get their work done. Continue reading

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Vatican Splendors Exhibit at the Heinz History Center

If you are new to the History Center, allocate at least four hours to your visit. At least two to the Vatican exhibit, to absorb it all, and two for the rest of the museum. You could easily spend a whole day here. I find the HC to be one of the most visitor-friendly museums I have encountered. It is a pleasure to go there. Continue reading

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Review of Schultz’ New Book on Lectio Divina and Sexuality

What exactly is Lectio Divina? As Schultz teaches, it is “a traditional Latin term for a holistic process of prayerfully reading and responding to God’s word. Its five stages: reading/listening, meditation, prayer, contemplation and action…” He also states that there is a learning curve to finding a personal rhythm with lectio and that the perspective of the “little way” spirituality of St. Therese Lisieux is especially useful. He writes that the Spirit directs the process and that “Lectio is meant to be a periodic Sabbath moment bridged to our activities and daily life through application of the ‘word’ we have received. View lectio as a retreat…a time to be refreshed and renewed by God’s word.” Continue reading

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