The Soul, The Head and The Heart

Today the New York Post published a column that I wrote on the different gifts of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. I would like to share it with you.

Here is an excerpt:

By common reckoning, there have been 266 popes in the 2,000-year history of the church. We’ve had some giants, and some lemons. Come to think of it, the first one, Peter, had a mixed record, one day bravely professing Jesus as the “Son of God,” but then cowardly denying Him thrice on the day Jesus needed him most.

No wonder one of the best histories of the papacy is entitled “Saints and Sinners.” Each pope has particular talents and some obvious flaws. That shouldn’t surprise us, since that is also true of each of us.

The three most recent ones, the trio most of us vividly recall, are all giants: Blessed — soon to be Saint — John Paul II (1978-2005), Benedict XVI (2005-2013) and now Francis.

A good way to understand the different gifts of each of these recent pontiffs might be to use the imagery of soulhead and heart.

You can read the whole column here.

2 Responses to “The Soul, The Head and The Heart”

  1. Geraldine says:

    Beautiful article!

  2. Mariann Gonzalez says:

    Your Eminence,
    May God bless your Holy efforts as you go forth with your plan. May He thwart any plans that are not of His will. May our Blessed Mother, Mary, the Mother of God, bless you as she directs all children of God, to Jesus.
    Teaching Truth will strengthen the disciples of your archdiocese with a stress on reception of the Sacraments, growing daily in knowing, hence loving, hence serving God. Michael Voris of ChurchMilitant.tv has a magnificent series, the One True Faith, that can be accessed by anyone via internet. He has clearly worked tirelessly to defend the Truth, so many of his efforts beyond the One True Faith series will assist the Faithful of all ages. No need to reinvent the wheel. Take some time to check out his website.
    Strong disciples will provide the witness. I must say, and I would think you have noticed, that those who know the Lord and love Him profoundly lead rich Catholic lives that others who witness desire. Those witnessing will be evangelizing by their actions, their lives, and, when necessary, by their words. They will also be providing through strong, holy marriages those religious vocations necessary to minister to the needs of the faithful and others.
    I also had a thought about all of that extra property. Has it ever occurred to those parishes to provide services needed in New York. Setting up, as St. Mother Theresa did: Places to house the poorest of the poor, those homeless, those requiring shelter during these times of darkness because of the unholy, regime that occupies the white house; Places where food, home, and clothing supplies could be distributed to those people in need but unable to afford; perhaps some “free clinics” (may the un-affordable careless act/tax perish before funding any more toward the monstrosity) where medically trained parishioners can directly help those in need; Or, perhaps locations that provide beautiful options of wholesome entertainment. We know so many families who play games for all ages, without background music, or who can share wholesome talents (my daughter and son have performed “Who’s On First” to many a visitor and even at their Catholic Liberal Arts school fundraising gala).
    Well, there are a few thoughts to help you in your many important decisions on how to implement your archdiocesan plan. Then, perhaps you can cut bait and shut down the CCHD for subsidiarity(?) will provide and the scandalous cchd will be unnecessary since they should not be in operation.