Wednesday Round-Up

Some news items and blog posts worthy of attention . . .


Frank, St. Frank

January 24 marks the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, a Doctor of the Church and the patron of writers and journalists. Joel has been on a spiritual journey with Francis de Sales over the last year, working his way through the highly recommended book Introduction to the Devout Life with his spiritual advisor. I’m eager to get my hands on it when he’s done!

In the meantime, I thoroughly enjoyed Pat Gohn’s beautiful post, St. Francis de Sales on My Refrigerator Door, where she discusses being diagnosed with breast cancer and how de Sales (St. Frank as she affectionately refers to him) became one of her patron intercessors. Pat shares a few of de Sales’ timeless words that helped her through that difficult time, words that she still keeps tucked under a refrigerator magnet in her home. And I love this practical idea she shared: 

“I think everyone should have a few patron saints worthy of refrigerator space, like extended family members. For me, St. Frank has been a lifestyle coach and a close companion in sickness and in health!”

For additional reflection: What saints are worthy of your refrigerator’s space? At this point in my life, mine are St. Ignatius of Loyola and Blessed Mother Teresa.

Pope Benedict XVI on the Relationship Between Silence & Words

Pope Benedict XVI released his 2012 World Communications Day message on Tuesday. In it, the Holy Father had a beautiful and wise message about the relationship between silence and wordHis message is a quick but impact-full read. Here’s a quote: 

“Silence is an integral element of communication; in its absence, words rich in content cannot exist. In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves. By remaining silent we allow the other person to speak, to express him or herself; and we avoid being tied simply to our own words and ideas without them being adequately tested.”

For additional reflection: How has silence made a difference in your communication with others? With God in prayer? This is an area in need of attention in my life — so much I added silence and listening into my 2012 themes

P.S., If you’ve never read a papal message, please don’t be intimated! Pope Benedict’s words are very accessible to read and comprehend. Give yourself a gift and read the full text of his message.  

Yes, Young Women are Marching for Life!

Finally, if you aren’t tapped into Catholic media sources, chances are you missed hearing about the 2012 March for Life via mainstream media. Some folks would have you believe the March is insignificant, and moreover, that young women aren’t showing up in defense of the unborn

Reality check: this video from Marc Barnes, a talented and creative 18-year old who blogs at proves a definitive presence of articulate, passionate young pro-life women at this year’s March.

Des Moines readers: I think I caught a glimpse of a DCHS marcher. Do you, too?

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