49. Five Surprises in Pope Francis to Go: #2

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(Photo of pickled chilis by Ted Sakshaug, Flickr)

In a recent interview I was asked: What five things will most surprise readers when they read Pope Francis to Go: Bite-Sized Morsels from The Joy of the Gospel? Continuing my series of blogs on this topic, here was my second response:

  1. Pope Francis’s colorful images and frankness. He warns against becoming “sourpusses,” “mummies in a museum,” and people who look like they’ve “just come back from a funeral.” 

48. Five Surprises in Pope Francis to Go: #1

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In a recent interview I was asked: What five things will most surprise readers when they read Pope Francis to Go? Here was my first response:

  1. Pope Francis is not the man the secular media often make him out to be. He has no agenda to change the teachings of the Church, but to challenge the Church to proclaim her teachings in the full context of Christ’s merciful love.

“Where Do You Find Joy in the Gospel?” #1

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47. Do You Know Someone Who Is Confused About What Pope Francis Stands For?

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Yesterday marked the official release of my new eBook Pope Francis to Go: Bite-Sized Morsels from The Joy of the Gospel. We put it up on Amazon a couple of days in advance and let our Cor Project Members and subscribers know, and in just a few days they’ve already made it a bestseller. Thanks, everyone!

While the secular world certainly seems enamored with Pope Francis, some in the Church have been a bit confused or even disconcerted by things he’s reportedly done or said. We’ve heard the sound bites in the headlines and on the evening news, but have we gotten beyond the “spin” and gone to the source?This little reflection book is intended to help you do just that. And oh what pearls you’ll discover!

46. Has Brad Pitt Found What He’s Looking For? (I Haven’t)

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Someone recently sent me an article on a Christian website about Brad Pitt’s inner sadness, or, what I’d be inclined to call his existential “ache.” Turns out the article was from 2008 and it’s quoting an interview that took place in 1999. Who knows what Pitt might say now, but it’s still compelling today to read what he said then …

“You’re talking to a guy,” says Brad Pitt, “who’s always had this kind of congenital sadness. I don’t know where it came from. I don’t know what it is. … I see it in so many people. I just always had so many questions growing up; why this, why the state of the world, why does God want this? Congenital sadness. It always came up, for no reason. I don’t know what it is.”