“See, I am doing something new” – Pope Francis

from time to time, I am asked to publish one of my homilies…… from the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Eight years ago when Pope Benedict inherited the chair of Peter, the sense was that the cardinals had voted to continue the papacy of John Paul II.  Continuity was the catch phrase. It what make the verse from Isaiah stand out: “Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new!” (Isaiah 43:18) Continue reading

Three religious walk into a barber shop…

In today’s first reading from Isaiah, we hear

Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new! (Isaiah 43)

Pope Francis – Jesuit with a Franciscan spirit – may well represent a new category of religious sense in the public square.  But that is no reason to forego some of the classic inter-religious jokes.  Here is one from Fr. Tom Reese, SJ Continue reading