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Pope Francis on Consumerism, Environmental Ecology, and Human Ecology

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Since his election to the papacy, Pope Francis has made the care of God’s good gift of Creation one of the central themes of his pontificate. This is in a certain sense not surprising, given both the environmental legacy of his papal predecessors—Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John II, in particular—and his choice of the name Francis.  The pope explained that one of the reasons he chose the name Francis was to recall the environmental ethic of St. Francis of Assisi and to lift up this central element of the Church’s tradition.

Yesterday, however, Pope Francis recognized World Environment Day at his weekly audience with some of his most insightful and prophetic words to date on the Christian vocation to “cultivate and care for” creation (Genesis 2:15), as he discussed the way in which the “culture of waste” harms both “environmental ecology” and “human ecology.” This is a powerful…

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love this St. John Chrystostom quote… “Everywhere, no matter where you find yourself, you can erect an altar to God in your heart by means of prayer.”

St Anthony of Padua Religious Education

If it were impossible to pray in distracting occupations or in the presence of other people, then, of course, we would not have been commanded to pray always. St John Chrystostom says the following in his teaching about prayer: “No one can excuse himself from prayer under the pretext that he is occupied with daily cares or is not able to be in church. Everywhere, no matter where you find yourself, you can erect an altar to God in your heart by means of prayer.” And so it is convenient to pray while traveling or at a market, trying to buy or sell something, or sitting behind one’s trade; everywhere without exception it is possible to pray……. it is possible to pray at all times and under all circumstances, and gradually to pass from frequent vocal prayer to mental prayer and eventually to the Prayer of the heart and the…

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HOMILY: No Exceptions

We are all looking for a magic reset button that will erase the violence of these many days drenched in blood, a special tool that can make evil disappear.

“But our God has already given us that tool.

That one tool that can end the violence and the hatred. The one tool that can heal what is broken and restore what is lost.

And that tool is love.”

Leaven in the World

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time | July 9/10, 2016

Fr. Brian Zumbrum’s homilies and reflections are posted weekly at Leaven in the World. To see the archive of all his posts, just click here: Salesian Sermons

PROTIP: You can take a look at the Sunday readings here. This homily focuses on the Gospel reading.

I remember my very first day at Nativity Prep.

It was faculty orientation and our principal was introducing the school and its mission to all of us.  During those remarks, he shared something that I have never forgotten.

He looked at us and said, you have one job as an educator.  It is to love your students.  That’s it.  If you love your students, everything else will fall into place.

I remember thinking . . . That seems simple enough.

How wrong I was!

For no one warned me that not every student is easy to…

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HOMILY: Reaping the Harvest Before Us

Love this reminder!

Leaven in the World

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time | July 2/3, 2016

Fr. Brian Zumbrum’s homilies and reflections are posted weekly at Leaven in the World. To see the archive of all his posts, just click here: Salesian Sermons

PROTIP: You can take a look at the Sunday readings here. This homily focuses on the Gospel reading.

Over this past week, I had the opportunity to spend a few days with two of my best friends from college down in Houston, Texas.

It was the first time that the three of us had been together in almost 5 years and as soon as we got together, we could not help but reflect back on the 1st time the three of us travelled to Houston.

It was about a month after Hurricane Katrina and we convinced our Service Director at DeSales University to bring us down to Houston to help with hurricane relief…

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Overdrawn at the Wonder Bank

I hope I can live as well as this 94 year old blogger!

Interesting thoughts on rape, racism and living an honorable life

Not to contribute to John Pavlovitz’s server issues, but his entire blog is very worth reading: John Pavlovitz. You may not agree with everything he says about white privilege or sexual assault, but his writing is thoughtful and interesting.

HOMILY: Blessed, Broken & Poured Out

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ | May 28/29, 2016 Fr. Brian Zumbrum’s homilies and reflections are posted weekly at Leaven in the World. To see the archive of all his posts,…

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