I Don’t Need to Win

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On Monday my good friend, Dale and I got together for our usual catch-up. We met at a Belgian Beer Cafe but ended up in the Irish pub next to it. From Belgium to Ireland just like that. Upon entering the pub we were met with a gentleman sitting at the bar who chose to greet us by pointing out … Read More

Pope Francis

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Bergoglio often rode the bus to work, cooked his own meals and regularly visited the slums that ring Argentina’s capital. He considers social outreach, rather than doctrinal battles, to be the essential business of the church. He accused fellow church leaders of hypocrisy and forgetting that Jesus bathed lepers and ate with prostitutes. “Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. … Read More

Pope Benedict Resigned

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And it is now possible that his most enduring act of public witness to the Gospel will be the remarkable spectacle of a prince of the church voluntarily surrendering the things of this world. Just as John Paul II offered a testament of suffering in his last years, Benedict XVI has given us something rare among the most mighty: an … Read More

What’s with the clerical collar?

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What’s with the dog collar? Are you trying to elevate yourself in some way?  Or receive special treatment, recognition or adulation?  It smacks of the trappings of Catholicism, religiosity, dogma and attention-seeking.  A true servant is humble and does not seek to stand out from the crowd. This question was anonymously asked of me on my former blog. This was … Read More