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7 Reasons Why I’m Thankful For Pope Francis

One year ago, the papal conclave came to a close as white smoke was signaled from the chimney’s of the Vatican. Habemus Papem! We have a Pope! They announced Jorge Bergoglio (in Latin of course) from Argentina. Initially, I was stunned. I was actually a little nervous as some of the things going on in South America with the Church aren’t the greatest, but I wrote about my initial reactions last year.

Since it is Pope Francis’ one year anniversary, I thought I would compose a list of reasons why I am thankful for Pope Francis. I know I am sometimes critical of Pope Francis (and I am not the worst), but I love our Catholic faith deeply, and am not happy when I see the secularists and modernists of the media and enemies of the faith make our Church look bad. We all have our faults and I am working on mine.

But, without further ado, here is my list!

Perpetual Confession Chapels1. I Go To Confession More Often

Pope Francis mentioned the need for us to go to confession more often. I have made it a habit to attempt to go to confession as often as I need to. At an absolute minimum, I am going once every two weeks, similar to Pope Francis. At an absolute maximum, I go twice a week. Prior to Pope Francis’ election and during Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate, I was probably going somewhere between once every two weeks to once every two months.

The graces I have seen come from this are great. I am in the state of grace far more often and am able to be in communion with God, that is, I can tell when I’m synchronized with Him. It allows me to discern God’s will more easily. It isn’t always obvious, but it helps. It helps me to avoid sin as I examine my conscience regularly and avoid particular sins that I see that I struggle with more. I also realize that I sin far more often than I thought. I urge you to go to confession more often as well.


When We Idolize Priests: Father Corapi2. I Am Praying On A Daily Basis

I’ve always been fond of the Rosary. It’s a beautiful meditation on the Life of Christ through the eyes of His Mother, and our Mother Mary. Mary also promised 15 Graces for having a devotion to the Rosary and to pray it daily. I now pray the Rosary daily, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and I pray throughout the day as I feel called.

My prayer life has always been…difficult, I’ve blogged about it a few times, in my search, to help others who may also be struggling. Prayer is an important factor of our faith, as that is our time to speak to God and for Him to speak to us. If we aren’t talking to God, well, how do we know we are following His Will? Pray daily, carve out time. If you haven’t done your prayers, don’t go to bed. Prayers are greater than sleep.

denzinger3. I Spend More Time Learning My Faith

Pope Francis can be confusing at times. The media will run with this as if he’s changing teaching. When the media runs with a headline, I have to go and look up what Pope Francis really said, and then find related Scripture, Catecheses, Doctrine, etc to refute what is going on.

In another sense, I am now forced to learn my faith, so that I can defend it easier, quicker and in turn, live it out. You can’t teach something you don’t know. If you don’t know physics, you can’t teach it to someone. Whatever it is you don’t know about the faith, you are unable to teach.

When we know our faith, we can evangelize people, which leads to…

St-Paul-preaching4. I Evangelize On A Regular Basis

As Jesus Christ told us we are to “go and make disciples of all nations…” (cf Matthew 28:19). That means that when the opportunity presents itself, we must profess the Truth and defend it when it is attacked (which is quite often). If we do not defend the faith, who will?

Evangelization can take many forms, lending out books/cds, blogging, discussions with friends, family or coworkers, social media, the list goes on and on. The important thing though, is to share your Catholic faith. Be a good witness, and challenge those around you to investigate the Catholic Church with an open heart and an open mind. It is critical to bring people to the fullness of Truth. Being silent can lead the individual away from Christ. Share what you know.

5. I’m More Involved At My Parish

I’ve taught Religious Education before, but I am doing it again this year. I’m teaching 10th graders who are preparing for Confirmation in 11th grade (I’ve talked about that before though). I’m also leading a Marriage Ministry with my wife. I won’t list everything I’m doing, but I have been doing a lot more at my parish.

Chair of St. Peter6. I Have a Deeper Appreciation for the Papal Office

Seeing how much the media has twisted Pope Francis to fit into their own image, and in the same hand twisted Pope Benedict XVI into a “mean old man”, I have a deeper appreciation for the Papacy. I’ve spent more time reading into the history of the Papacy, starting all the way from Pope St. Peter to now Pope Francis. I’ve even gained an appreciation for the pre-Vatican 2 Popes.

These Popes were such a blessing to the Church, but we have forgotten about them. I highly encourage you to take a look at some of their encyclicals. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but we spend most of our time talking about Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Francis. While they have contributed much to our faith, the full deposit of our faith as well as many pre-Conciliar Popes have given us much too. You can even read many old Papal documents at Read them!

7. I’m Inspired To Blog More

In the last year, I have had a grand total of 92 posts (including this one). Since beginning this blog I have published 184 times. I have literally done half of my blogging in this last year alone. There is so much going on in the Church today, as well as the world, that I feel called to comment on it. It’s a fun experience.

I hope that you benefit from reading my blog, and I hope that it inspires you to live out your Catholic faith more fully and to share that faith with those around you.

Jeff March 12, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

An Updated Blogroll

I have updated the blogroll on the right hand side of the page (if you scroll down a wee bit).

I have removed Bad Catholic, as I have found that most of what has been posted lately, hasn’t really been worth sharing, and have added four blogs that I feel are worth sharing.

  1. Fr. Z is still up there, I have been reading him now for a good 6 years or so. I owe a lot of my knowledge to the faith to his blog.
  2. Mundabor is a blog I’ve been reading for quite some time. He provides good coverage on what is going on these days and is blunt. Some may find him to be too traditionalist, but, oh well.
  3. Harvesting the Fruit is a blog I have just gotten into recently, but the coverage is accurate and very traditional.
  4. The Old Evangelization is a blog of a good friend of mine. We consult with each other frequently.
  5. Eye of the Tiber is a great parody news site (much like the Onion). The points that they make through their parody of current events is quite good.

I’m sure that there are plenty of other blogs out there that are worth mentioning, but, these are what are currently on my radar. If you would like to recommend some for me to peruse, feel free to comment. I will allow my blogroll to grow to 10 spots. After that, I will not be adding anymore until I take one down.

Happy reading!

Jeff February 1, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Blog Updating

I’m doing some blog updating right now.

Hopefully things will be back up and running within the next couple of hours.

God bless!

Jeff August 16, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

New Blog Hosting

Hey everyone.

Just thought I’d send out a quick update email. As you may see, the blog has been moved over from to and everything is going swimmingly. There are still a few things that need to be done, most importantly: verify that the new email system works, redirection from the old URL to this URL, as well as the Related Posts piece. If anybody has suggestions on how to make this work, I’m all ears as of right now.

WordPress does have its own email setup, so if you want to switch over to that you can it’s that Follow Blog via Email widget over there ——————>

I’ll be working on the design later. Right now its all about the functionality.

Jeff August 4, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

New Domain Names and Updates

Hey Everyone!

I wanted to update you on some exciting new plans for the blog.

First, the what has been done.

I just purchased two domains for the blog. The two names I purchased were:
Currently, if you are to click on either link, they will redirect you back to this domain ( Plans are laid that over time I will have hosting be solely on one or the other (probably I will be making multiple announcements when I do move everything over and I will probably keep this blogspot domain up for a year or two in case people are busy and don’t see it.

Secondly, the future plans.

I am currently in the process of creating a cafe press store in order to help promote the blog, but, more importantly Catholicism and spreading the faith effectively. I will try to keep the prices on items low and affordable, and the money raised will be used to cover the costs of the blog hosting, servers, and any other costs incurred (should be incredibly minimal). Anything over that will be used for charities that help spread the Catholic faith. They will be reputable and I will do my research to ensure that.

On blog related notes: I have come up with several good ideas for posts that I will have to hash out. I’m having my conversion story edited and looked over. I have several more people that I need to read over it before I will post it publicly. I have a bunch of book reviews to write up as well. This month has been incredibly busy and probably won’t slow down, so I’ll post as time permits.

I hope that you are all doing well. God bless!

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