Pope Francis on Saturday praised the zeal of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary he will make a saint when he visits the United States this fall but whom Native Americans say brutally converted indigenous people to Christianity.
Praying in that space made holy by the vision of love that we all held in common, a single word bubbled to the top of my consciousness. “Mercy.” Mercy received. Mercy given. This is how the beloved kingdom on Earth is created.
With “Because Jesus,” Keion Jackson, a writer for Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards Inc., delivers a book to keep the young and fun in faith and fellowship, reminding us that the Gospel is all around. “I wanted to write in a way that is fun, and I believe God has a sense of humor,” he says.
Despite announcing his resignation a week ago, Bishop Robert W. Finn will preside over the priestly ordinations of seven deacons next month in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese. Longtime critics of Finn expressed agitation over Finn’s continuing role in a diocese from which he stepped down under a cloud of scandal.
When it convenes Tuesday for one of the most historic oral arguments in its 226-year history, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments from five attorneys representing gays and lesbians on one side, and the states of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee on the other.
The scroll’s procurement, which was facilitated by the group’s male supporters, was a bold move by a group that has continuously challenged the ultra-Orthodox establishment’s sole authority over the holy site.
Having to start over in new soil was difficult. There were the things that I was sure God wanted me to do, but the doors stayed closed. There were false starts, discouragements, and my faith was truly tested. I also discovered the freedom to stretch out after being in a cramped environment that wasn’t conducive to life.
I invite you to read the story of Jesus for yourself, as it’s found in the first four books of the New Testament. Tell God honestly that you don’t even know if he exists or if he cares about you, but if he does, you want him to prove it as you read about Jesus.
We can’t possibly see all the alternatives; we may not even understand our motives. But God sees the whole situation, and he knows what is best for us. The Bible says, “As for God, his way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30).
Recently, between Palm Sunday services, Pastor George Mason weaved confidently and quickly through the halls of Wilshire Baptist Church. He greeted everyone with his trademark smile, passing some with a handshake, others with a pat on the shoulder.
Ask God to help you not react to whatever your sister says or does in anger or with sharp words. Instead, go out of your way to be kind to her, and to express an interest in what’s happening in her life.