Inspiring sculpture by Timothy Schmalz (website, facebook) to be installed at Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. 

Timothy describes his experience: ”The whole time I was working on the sculpture a strange experience happened, I could not stop thinking of all the vile sins I created in my life. It was like a movie on repeat. After I was done with this, my thoughts broadened to worst sins that where created in my country, murders horrific that I heard of in the news. I could not believe what I was thinking and I could not prevent my thoughts from going to these dark places. After days of this, I thought, how horrible, I am creating a sculpture of a saint and this is what is going on inside of me? Then I understood that I was creating a sculpture of a saint who was known for confessions, In fact St. Pio has become the Patron Saint of Confessions. What was happening to me was a long confession throughout the creation of the sculpture. The Gloom I experience was then replaced with peace when after each horrific image that past through my mind was prayed with, and asked for forgiveness; my deeds and those of others. A fascinating journey creating this work.” (+)

The full moon of Passover shines bright above the city. The same full moon that shone down in Jesus almost 2000 years ago during his agony in Gethsemane…

Can he be Pope forever please.

¡Que viva la Virgen de Guadalupe! (at St. Peter R.C. Church)


Info on healing after #abortion in a men’s bathroom, and real people have taken all those info slips. How can they say it’s a normal medical procedure???

The only thing in my life over the next 8 days of silent retreat (Ignatian Spiritual Exercises). Say a prayer for the 30 or so of us priests doing them! #catholic (at Legionaries of Christ Novitiate)

#Syria #peace #Catholic #Pope

Amen to that!

I would like to ask all young people forcefully — but I don’t know if there are young people today in the Square: are there young people in the Square? — There are some! I would like to ask you all strongly: Do you want to be a hope for God? Do you want to be a hope? [Young people: “Yes!”] Do you want to be a hope for the Church? [Young people: “Yes!”] A young heart, that receives the love of Christ, is transformed into hope for others, is an immense force! But you, boys and girls, all young people, you must transform yourselves and be transformed into hope! Open the doors to a new world of hope. This is your task. Do you want to be hope for us all? [Young people: “Yes!”].

— Pope Francis - General Audience September 4, 2013 (via vocationquestions)

My man Fr J breaking it down.

Happy feast day of Mother Teresa! I’m actually giving a talk today to the Missionaries of Charity in Newark. This is mural art on the street outside. #catholic #reallyholypeople

God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.

— 1 Corinthians 10:13

Negative feelings choke the Lord’s word in us.

— Pope Francis
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