Did Pope Francis Really Imply Donald Trump Is Not Christian? Unlikely.

CNN headline

I read this CNN headline, and it perplexed me. So, I looked up the actual interview between the Pope and reporters. Here is the quote, from Pope Francis on February 18th, 2016:

"A person who thinks only about building walls,
wherever they may be, and not building bridges,
is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.”  

Don't Worry John, This is Just Practice For What's To Come.

Looking out the window, God spoke to me

Thinking back just about ten years ago on a life-changing moment for me, while looking out my office window one night...

How could I feel unfilfilled with my place in life? All outward signs were positive: I was happily married for over 20 years to my high school sweetheart; had two incredible young children; I owned my own business which allowed me the flexibility to dedicate an inordinate amount of time to several community volunteer projects. I was active in local and state politics, ran campaigns and seemed to come out on the winning end of everything I set my sites on doing.  

Faith

Citisun Faith

Citisun Faith

 
Insights on our faith

Faithful 40 For Lent (Revised)

Today is Ash Wednesday, and I thought I'd "give up" something new this year for Lent. Instead of intending to finally write something here on Citisun about faith, I'd actually commit to it, in a very visible way. So the commitment I decided to make is to create 40 articles about my faith, over the 46 days of Lent.

Father Barron: What is Lent?

In this video, Father (now Bishop) Robert Barron delivers an excellent description of the Christian celebration of Lent.

Author Ann SwindellFor another execellent perspective on Lent, Relevant Magazine's Ann Swindell shares four key reasons for Lent: 1) Lent is a reminder of our need to repent; 2) Lent is a paring down of our excesses; 3) Lent reminds us of our humanity; and 4) Lent sobers us, in order to prepare for celebration (Easter).

See Ann's full article here.

 

How To Pray The Rosary

How To Pray The Rosary

The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them. The Rosary is a powerful prayer to say, to meditate on the lives of Jesus and Mary.

If I Were The Devil by Paul Harvey (1965)

 

Incredible wisdom and foresight in this recording from the legendary Paul Harvey, in 1965 - "If I Were The Devil."

In the Arms of My Father

In the arms of my father

I don't know much, but I do know that every time I walk into a Catholic Church – anywhere in the world, any time of day or night – it feels like home, like walking into my father's arms. 

My earthly father has been gone over 12 years now, and I miss him every day! When I walk into church, my Heavenly Father welcomes me with the same warm, accepting, pure love that I felt every time my dad hugged me!

Yes, I encounter God  wherever I go.

On This Rock

You are Peter, and on this rock I shall build my Church.

Just about 2,000 years ago, Jesus laid out the grand plan for us all. His Holy Apostle Peter was made the "rock" upon which His Church would be built. The word of God, our Jesus Christ flowed through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, Disciples and the holy Church then, and God's word flows through our holy Church today.

"You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it
(Matthew 16:18)

Pope Francis Stops His Motorcade To Give a Special Blessing

Pope Francis stopped his motorcade in southern Italy recently, opening the passenger door himself (before the car even stopped), and stepping out of a mild-mannered Ford Focus, to give a special blessing to a disabled girl.

Saint Michael The Archangel

Saint Michael The Archangel

Devotion to Michael the Archangel is one of the oldest devotions of the Church; indeed, his roles in God's divine plan date back before the Incarnation. It was St. Michael who led God's army against Lucifer and the other rebellious fallen angels, St. Michael who guards the Catholic Church and her pope, and St. Michael who, at God's commands will reprise his role against the Antichrist in the End Times.

The All-Time Number One Self-Help Book: The Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments

Some of us may need a reminder of how to conduct our everyday lives. So, what better primary resource than two tablets of stone, authored by God circa 1446 BC, and published by Moses. Turns out, there's no greater self-help book than the Ten Commandments. 

What Pope Francis told a stunningly large crowd of Mexican youth

Pope Francis in Mexico

Pope Francis is cheered by youths as he arrives to the stadium in Morelia, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Francis arrived in the heart of Mexico's drug-trafficking country to offer words of encouragement to clergy trying to minister to a people tormented by the violence and gang warfare of the drug trade. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)


EWTN (see original article here): In his visit to Morelia – one of Mexico's most violent cities – Pope Francis had a strong message for the country's youth: rather than allowing themselves to be used and trampled on, he told them to recognize their value and to place their hope in Jesus.

One of Mexico's greatest treasures “is that it has a youthful face: its young people...you are the wealth of this land,” the Pope told them Feb. 16.

Your Beatitude Determines Your Altitude

Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, where He delivered the Beatitudes

The Beatitudes are the heart of Jesus' preaching.  The Beatitudes are eight blessings recounted in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative, cryptic, precise, and full of meaning. Each one includes a topic that forms a major biblical theme:

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