The “trending” in the social media world means something is getting a lot of attention, and everyone is sharing it and retweeting it and posting it — yada, yada. But the more accurate understanding of the term refers to how something is unfolding, developing or advancing, so there is some relationship between the more traditional definition and the social media jargon.
What is trending in the Church in the United States these days is near extinction. But the funny thing is not many people are actually talking about it. It’s not getting a lot of attention. So the issue is both “trending” and not “trending,” depending on where you fall in the world of “trending.”read more
Pope Francis: ‘Death Penalty Is Inhumane Measure That Humiliates Human Dignity’
Holy Father addresses Oct. 11 conference marking the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
By Elise Harris/CNA/EWTN News
VATICAN CITY — In an Oct. 11 speech to members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Francis said the topic of the death penalty should have “a more adequate and coherent space” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
This topic “cannot be reduced to a mere memory of a historic teaching” without taking into account the works and teachings of recent popes, he said, adding that it must also consider the “mutual awareness of the Christian people, who refuse a consensual attitude toward a penalty which seriously undermines human dignity.”read more
When people think of Hell, fire is the first image that comes to mind. Indeed, it should be the first because that is what Our Lord presented to us. Of all the pains on earth a man can undergo, nothing is worse than burning. So, Our Lord is telling us that the pains of Hell are to be compared with the greatest pain you can experience on earth. But there is an even more sobering reality about Hell, and that is the capacity for pain actually increases in the next life and to be fair, so does our capacity for joy. This is owing to the fact that in our current temporal reality, being confined to time and space, there are limits on us — extreme pain would cause us to pass out or die. But in the next life, there are no limits. The soul is catapulted into the realm where the limits of the temporal world no longer hold any power.read more
We have a God of patience who knows how to open hearts, even those that are rigid.
According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis gave this reminder today, Oct. 10, 2017, during his daily morning Mass in his residence Casa Santa Marta, as he reflected on a reading from the Book of Jonah.
Francis recalled that in the Bible story, God asks Jonah to convert the city of Nineveh. While at first the prophet refuses to and runs away, later he fulfills the Lord’s orders.
However, the Pope reminded, Jonah was angry because God forgave people, “who, with open hearts, showed repentance.”
The Holy Father went on to criticize those who have “stubborn souls,” and “do not understand what God’s mercy is,” including Jonah.read more
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