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Pope Watch November 2017

Mercy Friday visit to neuro-rehab center in Rome

Pope Francis continued his custom of “mercy Friday” encounters by visiting the Santa Lucia Foundation rehabilitation center in Rome on Sept. 22. During the surprise outing, he visited with children who are suffering from neurological illnesses, as well as with young adult and older patients with spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Begun during the Year of Mercy in 2016, the visits continue on the pope’s schedule to allow him to keep practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

What do you say when my brother says he feels closer to God on a fishing trip than in church?

The Question

My brother says he feels closer to God when he’s out on a fishing trip than he does in a church, and doesn’t see why he should bother going to Mass. What can I say?


Your initial response should be to affirm positively and without reservation that God can be experienced on a fishing trip. In fact, God is present everywhere. We call this the omnipresence of God. This means God is not confined by location, time, or even dimension.

Lectio Divina - Praying through the year with Scripture

Oct. 2 Gospel: Memorial of the Guardian Angels

The disciples approached Jesus and said,

"Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?"

He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,

"Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,

you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.

Whoever humbles himself like this child

is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.

And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

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