Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis


8.19.19 … images of God …

Do you ever feel like your thoughts and conversations circle around each other?

I’m in Atlanta and went to Roswell Presbyterian Church today. Jeff Myers, RPC’s senior minister and previously a minster at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, my childhood church, began a sermon series entitled “Teach Us to Pray” on the Lord’s Prayer. On the way to church, my sister and her husband and I chatted. I said what is something new that we will learn today? I mentioned that Pope Francis has been reconsidering the temptation part of the Lord’s Prayer: “and lead us not into temptation, but deliver me from evil.”


“It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation,” he told Italian TV. “I am the one who falls. It’s not him pushing me into temptation to then see how I have fallen.

“A father doesn’t do that; a father helps you to get up immediately. It’s Satan who leads us into temptation – that’s his department.”

According to the Bible, Jesus taught the words to his disciples when they asked him how they should pray.

Some have expressed concern about changes to the wording. Meredith Warren, a lecturer in biblical and religious studies at Sheffield University, said: “This new version of the Lord’s Prayer tries to avoid implying that God has some hand in evil.

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Source: Led not into temptation: pope approves change to Lord’s Prayer | World news | The Guardian,

Jeff’s sermon was entitled, “Does Prayer Make a Difference?”

Two things struck me in the sermon:

1. That Jesus instructed us to pray to “OUR Father” and thus prayer is a communal thing … but NOT a public thing. And that, yes, Jesus instructed us in this context to pray to “Our FATHER.” So at least in this context, we can think of the figurehead as a loving and wise father as Jesus did.

2. He specifically referenced a conversation while at North Avenue with Tom Cousins, Atlanta real estate developer and philanthropist and father of Westminster classmate Lillian. Tom Cousins had said he learned about prayer from Dr. Vernon Broyles because when Dr. Broyles prayed you knew he was was in prayer with God. It was obvious that he was in community with God.

As we walked out, I told Jeff about my response to a question asked by Paul Hanneman in one of the first sessions when he lead a study on Richard Rohr’s “The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation.” The question was: “What is your earliest image of God?” My response was the senior minister of my childhood church, Dr. Vernon Broyles, in his black robes in the pulpit at North Avenue Church.

Paul had asked me to unpack that image and asked if it was a scary image. I responded: “No! Dr. Broyles was a wonderful grandfather figure who was both brilliant and funny.” I was never scared of him.

So as I mentioned, lots of thoughts and ideas and memories are circling around in my head today. I’m waiting to see where I exit the circle or do I just go full circle and start again. I think I need a labyrinth walk. “Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking



11.16.13 … If a selfie is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website” what is a “humble selfie?” …

Pope Francis, selfies, humble selfie, oxymoron: Isn’t a “humble selfie” an oxymoron? Not if it is Pope Francis!  This one is old (I had left it inadvertently  in my draft bin … but I love it!

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The selfie has made it all the way to the top. On Wednesday worlds collided when Pope Francis posed with a group of Italian teenagers and got caught in a self-portrait taken with one of the teens’ cellphones. Unfortunately the Pope — known for his outgoing nature and his departures from papal conventions — didn’t capture the selfie himself, and he hasn’t published it on his Twitter feed.

It seems the teenagers, who were part of a group visiting from an Italian diocese, decided a grainy shot from a front-facing cellphone camera would be the best way to photograph their encounter with the pope himself at St. Peter’s Basilica. Thankfully a journalist has published the photo online for us all to be a part of this moment, and a photographer was on hand to record just how the selfie went down. The teenagers’ decision may not have made for the best photo, but it has made it a good week for the humble selfie: the term just made it into the Oxford Dictionaries Online.

via Pope Francis shows up in a selfie | The Verge.

(CNN) – In another precedent-shattering moment for Pope Francis, the bishop of Rome, the Vicar of Christ, successor of St. Peter and the head of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide has taken what may be the first papal selfie.

via Is this the first papal selfie? – CNN Belief Blog – Blogs.

The teenagers’ decision may not have made for the best photo, but it has made it a good week for the humble selfie: the term just made it into the Oxford Dictionaries Online.

via Pope Francis shows up in a selfie | The Verge.

Pronunciation: /ˈsɛlfi/

(also selfy)

noun (plural selfies)


a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website:

occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary


early 21st century: from self + -ie

via selfie: definition of selfie in Oxford dictionary (British & World English).


10.19.13 … followups … women leaders … arial … Tom and the goats …


October 18, 2013 1:27 PM EDT — Studies suggest women in both the minority and majority parties in Congress are more successful legislators than their male counterparts. Georgetown’s Michele Swers sits down with host Emily Heil to analyze why. (The Washington Post)

via Are women more effective lawmakers? – The Washington Post.

random: So what would I name a child if this was the criteria … Arial

My favorite font is Bodoni, so I used it as my daughter’s middle name.

via In My Home Office: Maira Kalman –

via 1.10.13 “Comparison is the thief of joy.” | Dennard’s Clipping Service.

Blessing of the beasts, Pope Francis:  he blessed one!

9.19.13 … “Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.” … | Dennard’s Clipping Service.


Pope Francis spoke with Forlani as the dog briefly sniffed the pontiffs robe and shoes.Forlani asked that his wife and daughter be blessed, the report stated, then the pope bent down and pet Asià.”[The pope] said, and a special blessing for [your] dog too. He broke the ceremonial rules as my presence on stage with Asià wasnt previously arranged,” Forlani said.When Jorge Mario Bergoglio took the name of St. Francis, it was a first for many reasons. Bergoglio was the first pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit pope and the first to choose the name Francis.St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, merchants and ecology. Animal lovers around the world took note when the pope chose the name of Fancis, hoping it would be a boon for animal rights.

via Pope Francis, An Advocate For Animals, Bends The Rules To Bless A Guide Dog : News : Nature World News.

Davidson College Class of ’82, Davidson College goats, Tom Marshburn:

Astronaut Tom Marshburn ’82 eleventh from left, daughter Grace and wife Ann took a few minutes out of a busy morning on campus to visit the goats on the XC trails.

via Daybook Davidson.

9.26.13 … GREAT DAY TO BE A CLASS OF ’82 WILDCAT… @AstroMarshburn comes home … | Dennard’s Clipping Service.

And this is a nice interview … NASA Astronaut Visits N.C. Hometown | WFAE.


4.16.13 … A few more words of comfort … What comforts you?

Pope Francis, 2013 Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack, Rom 12:21, Religion News Service:

In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy, His Holiness invokes God’s peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response. At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good (cf. Rom 12:21), working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come.

via Pope Francis tells Bostonians to “combat evil with good” | Religion News Service.

Patton Oswalt, Facebook:  I noticed that several people quoted/shared/retweeted this quote from Patton Oswalt, and then, a few took his comments down.  I had no idea who he was.  For those of you who do not know who he is, like me …

Patton Oswalt (born January 27, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice actor known for roles such as Spencer Olchin in the popular sitcom The King of Queens, and voicing Remy from the film Ratatouille.

via Patton Oswalt – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

And here is what he said …

“I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, ‘Well, I’ve had it with humanity,’” the post on Oswalt’s Facebook page read. “But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths. ”

“But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.”

The post concluded  by saying “So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

via Patton Oswalt and other Notable People Share Thoughts Online About the Boston Bombing – Speakeasy – WSJ.


4.5.13 … To Show People How To Love …

vocation, To Show People How To Love, Pope Francis:  In two weeks Pope Francis has done more for Christianity than anyone has done in a long time.  Kudos, Pope Francis!

Pope Francis hugs Dominic Gondreau at Easter Mass.

Our stony hearts are transformed into this Christ-like love, and thereby empowered to change hatred into love, only through the Cross. And no one shares in the Cross more intimately than the disabled. And so the disabled become our models and our inspiration. Yes, I give much to my son, Dominic. But he gives me more, WAY more. I help him stand and walk, but he shows me how to love. I feed him, but he shows me how to love. I bring him to physical therapy, but he shows me how to love. I stretch his muscles and joke around with him, but he shows me how to love. I lift him in and out of his chair, I wheel him all over the place, but he shows me how to love. I give up my time, so much time, for him, but he shows me how to love.

This lesson, to repeat, confounds the wisdom of the world. Heck, it confounds me when I, as his parent, so often fail to see my son’s condition for what it is. The lesson my disabled son gives stands as a powerful testament to the dignity and infinite value of every human person, especially of those the world deems the weakest and most “useless.” Through their sharing in the “folly” of the  Cross, the disabled are, in truth, the most powerful and the most productive among us.

One more thing. Pope Francis’ embrace of my son, Dominic, indicates that we should not interpret the new Pontiff’s expressed devotion to the poor, already a cornerstone of his pontificate, in facile, purely material let alone political categories. His Easter embrace of my son stands out as a compelling witness to the kind of “poverty” that he urges us to adopt, the poverty that he pointed to in the opening line of his Urbi et Orbi message yesterday: “I would like [the message of Christs resurrection] to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest…” Parents of disabled children, stand up and find solace and encouragement in these simple yet profound words.

via A Special Vocation: To Show People How To Love | Catholic Moral Theology A Special Vocation: To Show People How To Love |.

Catholicism, Pope Francis, Donatists, humanities:  Quite a few broad generalizations … and I need to research in order to understand the references, but all in all an interesting essay.

This Donatist tendency — to close ranks and return defensively to first principles — can be seen today whenever a movement faces a crisis. Modern-day Donatists emerge after every Republican defeat: conservatives who think the main task is to purge and purify. There are modern-day Donatists in humanities departments, who pull in as they lose relevance on campus.

I’ll leave it to Catholics to decide if Francis is good for the church. The subject here is how do you revive a movement in crisis. The natural instinct is to turn Donatist, to build an ark and defend what’s precious. The counterintuitive but more successful strategy is to follow Augustine, to exploit a moment of weakness by making yourself even more vulnerable, by striking outward into complexity, swallowing the pure and impure, counterattacking crisis with an evangelical assault.

via How Movements Recover –

unmarried couples,  US culture, Bloomberg: New normal …

Three of four women in the U.S. have lived with a partner without being married by the age of 30, an increasing trend that suggests cohabitation is now a regular part of family life in the U.S., researchers said.

The survey of 12,279 women ages 15 through 44 also found that 40 percent of unmarried partners transitioned to marriage within 3 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. A third of the arrangements stayed intact without marriage, while 27 percent dissolved, the study found.

“Cohabitation is a common part of family formation in the United States, and serves both as a step toward marriage and as an alternative to marriage,” the report said.

via Unmarried Couples Living Together Is New U.S. Norm – Bloomberg.

Atlanta, history, maps:  Just found this fascinating.  My question:

Did a crazy person plan Atlanta?


This is the oldest known street map of Atlanta (circa 1853). Its creator, Vincent, is buried in Oakland and helped design Union Station which burned during Sherman’s occupation. If you look to the far right just above the index, you will see the original 6 acre border of Oakland which was right on the line of the City boundary. Click here for a high resolution image: Vincent’s subdivision map of the city of Atlanta, Dekalb County, state of Georgia : showing all the lots, blocks, sections, &c..

chocolate banana bread,  recipe,  Since this is my “filing cabinet.”  I had to put this in … I may try it this weekend.  Doesn’t it look cook?

Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe at


There’s an old saying in baking that the ugliest fruit makes the best desserts, and I completely agree. One man’s bruised banana is another man’s banana bread. I like to make a loaf of this once a week so I can have a slice with my coffee in the morning or toast a slice for a simple dessert.


via Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe at




3.22.13 … Pope’s To Do List …

Pope Francis, apparently working down his to-do list since taking his new position, made a call to his local newspaper kiosk in Buenos Aires this week to cancel his daily delivery and send his greetings, according to a report from the Catholic News Agency.

via Pope Cancels Newspaper Delivery Back Home in Argentina –


3.14.13 … Pope Francis’ gull … or am I just gullible? …

 Pope Francis, Francis of Assisi, gull,  Sistine Chapel, white smoke, Sistine chimney, iconic photo,  The Guardian: What a great photo … and iconic!

Gull on Sistine Chapel chimney

The dove has traditionally represented the Holy Spirit but it was a bird with a rather less divine reputation that heralded the name of the new pope. As the crowds massed in front of the Vatican, a seagull alighted on the chimney from which smoke billows to indicate the outcome of the papal ballot in the Sistine Chapel below.

The newly appointed pontiff, the Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, will take the name of Pope Francis, after Francis of Assisi, the much-loved Italian patron saint of animals and the environment who is often portrayed with a bird, usually in his hand.

“The name the new pope chooses tells a lot about the thrust of his papacy,” said Ambrogio Piazzoni, a church historian and vice-prefect of the Vatican library.

via Pope named after Francis of Assisi heralded by gull atop Sistine chimney | World news | The Guardian.

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