So long 2015, Welcome 2016

The Papa had some of his usual right on comments over the holidays.

“Retracing the days of the past year can be done either as a memory of facts and events which bring moments of joy and sorrow, or by trying to understand if we have perceived the presence of God, who makes all things new and sustains them with his help,” the Pope said on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.

In his homily Francis urged people to overcome what he called “a torrent of misery” by “building an ever more just and fraternal world, a world in which every person and every creature can dwell in peace, in the harmony of God’s original creation”.

“…he called on everyone to “let ourselves be reborn, to overcome the indifference which blocks solidarity, and to leave behind the false neutrality which prevents sharing”.  (also,  “Indifference and false neutrality are the enemies of peace.”)


  • What does that ‘just and fraternal world’ look like in our families? Maryville?  St Andrews?
  • What do you think he means by this “false neutrality that prevents sharing”?

Or, if all of my Pope Francis posts have you swinging your scepter sarcastically and throwing your mitre mightily, just come ready to tell about your holidays and sharing your big plans for improvement in 2016.   It’s a brand new world!


PS – Family promise set up tomorrow after 10:30 service.  Please help if you can.  Also parish breakfast tomorrow at 8:45 – come get fortified before class at 9:15!

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