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“Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love” by Pope Francis (can be found easily on the internet)
In this letter, Pope Francis speaks to the entire church about his concern for the ways in which we need to support folks entering into loving relationships and the commitments they make. Fr. Nick reflects on his vast experience of preparing couples for marriage and celebrating hundreds of weddings. He also addresses his experience of assisting those who are not allowed to be remarried in the church.
We honor our very good friend, Joanie Byrnes, who died on Dec. 29, 2017.
Joanie and her husband, Dan, were Thomas More Center board members almost from the start of the center’s renewal work. Dan served as our lawyer. When he died in 2004, Joanie continued as board member and volunteer secretary and major promoter of our work. Brian, the youngest of their nine children, is now our attorney.
We will always miss Joanie. She rests now in the arms of God.
IT IS HERE: the document everyone is talking about.
ON CARE OF OUR COMMON HOME
The pope’s Encyclical is called “LAUDATO SI”. These are the opening words of St. Francis of Assisi from his famous “Canticle of Creation.” Pope Francis begins this important encyclical:
Praise be to you my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
Most Papal encyclicals from the past were all written in Latin and were directed primarily to the bishops and hierarchy. Consequently most of us lay people found them boring and we could easily dismiss them. This document of Pope Francis is different. It is written in plain everyday Italian because the pope wants it accessible to all. This means that our English translation of the Italian is exactly what the pope wants to say …..to us!
We urge you to read this important message. Pope Francis continues his challenge to the rich and the wealthy of this world (most of us) to take seriously the dangers of climate volatility which more often than not negatively affects the globally poor.