The Jesuitness of Pope Francis

So my colleagues at Charis Ministries in Chicago have asked a rather provocative question: Why Should Pope Francis attend a Charis Retreat? And so I would like to offer the Top 10 reasons why a Ignatian Retreat and specifically a Charis Retreat would benefit the likes of Papa Francisco. 1) A Transition is a Great […]

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There’s a New Sheriff in Town

John Thavis reports on the first 24 hours of Pope Francis’ Papacy today. We saw much of the humbleness and simplicity of our new Pope last night on the Papal balcony. Here are some of my observations and then I’ll add some new events that John has informed us about: 1) Simplicity: The new Pope […]

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Welcome to Conclave

Here’s how the Conclave should start! That said… Let us pray for the Cardinals that they might be guided by the Holy Spirit. Veni Sancte Spiritus, Come Holy Spirit…fill the hearts of the princes of the Church and enkindle in them the fire of your love for the world. Help them find a Pope who […]

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My Thoughts on a New Pope

So if I were a Papal elector, what would I be looking for? Well, I have several requirements: 1) Enthusiasm: The Pope needs to do the rah-rah stuff. He needs to be able to motivate both laity and clergy to have some enthusiasm for the faith once again. Catholicism is a dirty word in many […]

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