Knowing, even as we are known. A guest post by Fr. Joel Fortier

The Good Disciple


The Woman at the Well. It’s about coming to see and know Jesus…seeing and knowing us…as we are, without any judgment or condemnation, with complete unconditional love and acceptance, tapping wellsprings of faith and love within us…tapping the Spirit of God within us that wells up as springs and fountains of living water within us. That’s what Jesus came to do, to tap the Spirit of God within us, that we might worship the living God in Spirit and Truth!

That’s what faith in Jesus does, it releases the Spirit with us, cleanses, transforms and liberates our lives from fear, guilt, and shame, or anything that would keep us from loving as God loves.

God gets water from our stoney hearts, takes away our hearts of stone and gives us a heart of flesh for love. Thus we are born again and become a new creation, beloved daughters and sons…

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Address to Orthodox-Catholic Ecumenical Gathering

A Deacon's View

catholic-orthodox-ecuminical-gathering-120925-097As a @CatholicRelief Global Fellow I visited Greece and Serbia in 2016 to witness the #RefugeeCrisis.  This past Monday, March 6, 2017 I had the opportunity to give the keynote address at the 2017 Orthodox-Catholic Ecumenical Gathering at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta.  The theme of this year’s gathering was Sowing the Seeds of Hope: The Plight of Refugees and Migrants.  The written text of my talk can be found on the Homilies and Talks page on my blog: www.DeaconsView.com.  The video of my remarks may be found at this link: Address to Orthodox-Catholic Ecumenical Gathering.

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Śto Lat, Pope Francis!

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Pope smiles as he arrives to lead general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

Four years ago today, the world was introduced to Pope Francis. As the Habemus Papam was announced, journalists struggled to fill in the many blanks. Argentina? Jorge Bergoglio? Francis? Why Francis? Within moments of his appearance on the papal balcony, we were given some important clues about this man.

Where was the rich, papal finery and cross? Where were the victory waves, the triumphant looks of joy and pride at becoming the most powerful leader in the Catholic Church?

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Instead, we saw an elderly, timid, somewhat confused-looking man. Perhaps he simply forgot to put on the rest of his papal garb? Perhaps he just needed a crash course in papal balcony protocol?

And then came the moment of magic. As the world waited to be blessed by their new pope, he first asked US to bless HIM!

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We often ask “where were you when…?”. I was sitting in hubby’s dental…

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Sowers of Change, Protagonists for Social Justice and Bold Leaders of Action

Midway through the U.S. Regional Meeting of World Popular Movements in Modesto, California, a strong wind came up which almost blew off the metal protections of the roof of the beautiful new gym where we were meeting at Central Catholic High School. The force and the noise of the wind reflected the force and noise […]

via Sowers of Change, Protagonists for Social Justice, and Bold Leaders of Action — to go forth

[Gathering for Mission participated in the U.S. Regional Meeting of World Popular Movements.]