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Our Different, Blurry Places
 
A Brief Review of 
 

I [Heart] Francis:
Letters to the Pope from an Unlikely Admirer

Donna Schaper

Paperback: Fortress Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Kelsey Maddox
 
 
I can remember a picture of the pope (John Paul, to be exact) positioned above my grandma’s recliner on the peach and maroon colored wallpaper of the farmhouse. I never understood why she had a picture of someone on the wall who wasn’t in our family. I never understood any of that, and neither did Donna Schaper, a progressive queer women from New York City.  It seems esoteric, that is, until Pope Francis.

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The ‘Medicine of Mercy’

A Review of 

The Name of God Is Mercy: A Conversation with Andrea Tornielli
Pope Francis

Translated from the Italian by Oonagh Stransky
Hardback: Random House, 2016.
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Reviewed by Roger Dowdy

 

We need mercy! We need healing! “We lack the actual concrete experience of mercy. The fragility of our era is this: we don’t believe that there is a chance for redemption. Today people try to find salvation wherever they can…..turning to many fallible things, seeking hope and compassion – someone who listens and cares. This is what I call the ‘apostolate of the ear’” – the ‘medicine of mercy’ (16-17).

Though I am not Roman Catholic, as an ordained Deacon I have been spiritually and missionally captivated by Pope Francis – his life story, his teaching and proclamation, and the vital public example of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. This humble ‘activist’, priest, cardinal, now Pope of the Church in Rome, embodies the essence of Jesus, the one who came to extend God’s mercy to all. Pope Francis is a magnification of prophet Micah’s directives for living according to God’s will [Micah 6: 6-8 CEB]: With what should I approach the Lord…God on high? [God] has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.

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Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday

Pope Francis

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World

By Miroslav Volf

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Pope Francis, Anne Lamott, C.S. Lewis, MORE)

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Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis

Jeffery Krames

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Pope Francis

 

Yesterday saw the release of the English translation of Pope Francis’s Encyclical:

Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home.

We encourage you to download the PDF of this encyclical and read it yourself.

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Here are two lovely prayers that were included in the encyclical…
Perhaps you can find ways to use these prayers in the life of your church.

 

A prayer for our earth
Pope Francis

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday

By Pope Francis

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Our Latest Book Giveaway…

 
We will pick five winners who will each get a copy of:

Walking With Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church
by Pope Francis

 

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Two Excerpts from the book…)

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A new book of Pope Francis’s writings came out this spring:
 

Walking With Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church
Pope Francis

Paperback: Loyola Press, 2015
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Watch for our review in
our summer print issue

 
 

Two excerpts from the book:

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I am always wary of decisions made hastily. I am always wary of the first decision, that is, the first thing that comes to my mind if I have to make a decision. This is usually the wrong thing. I have to wait and assess, looking deep into myself, taking the necessary time.”
– Pope Francis,

who was born on this date in 1936

 

The Wake Up CallPoem of the Day:
Somehow, Not Only For Christmas
by John Greenleaf Whittier,
who was born on this date in 1807
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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
Ann Voskamp

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The Wake Up Call – December 17, 2014