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December 9, 2014
Unraveling the ‘Francis Enigma’

October 10, 2014
Francis: How does one defeat Satan? By examining one’s conscience

September 27, 2014
Pope Francis’s Remarks for the 200th Anniversary of the Jesuit’s Restoration​

September 7, 2014
It takes no moral courage to conform to government and social pressure. It takes a deep faith to “swim against the tide,” says Cardinal George

April 8, 2014
Pope Francis: “Christianity is not just about being polite”

April 3, 2014
Pope Francis: “Praying should be like talking to a friend, even rebuking the Lord a little”

March 25, 2014
Understanding Pope Francis Through Ignatius of Loyola, by Cardinal Sean O’Malley

February 19, 2014
The Value of Regular Confession according to Pope Francis

January 29, 2014
Fr. Watson and SSI featured on Oregon Province (Society of Jesus) website

December 20, 2013
“Let us seek the silence that guards our relationship with God”—Pope Francis

December 17, 2013
Peter Faber is a Saint

December 5, 2013
St. Ignatius in the Spiritual Exercises spent 3 times as much time on sins of the tongue as he did for sins of thoughts and deeds combined. Pope Francis reflects this Ignatian lesson:

December 4, 2013
“Giving up technology is as ‘stressful as getting married’ – and Thursday is the hardest day to go without gadgets”–Thursday-hardest-day-quit.html

December 2, 2013
Pope Francis: Use Well-Formed Intelligence to Understand Signs of the Times

November 25, 2013
French Jesuit priest Peter Faber to be made a saint in December

November 20, 2013
“The Pope is also a sinner and goes to confession every 15 days”

November 16, 2013
How 15 Minutes of Prayer Can Change Your Life: Why Daily Dialogue With the Lord Should Be a Priority

November 10, 2013
‘Pope Francis effect’ credited with boosting Italian congregations

October 22, 2013

September 19, 2013
Antonio Spadaro interviews Francis: Who Is Jorge Mario Bergoglio? “I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.”

August 6, 2013
Pope Francis: “Proclaiming the truth of the Gospel is not an assault on freedom.”

July 31, 2013
Pope Francis, on the feast of St Ignatius, insists on the dual centrality of Jesus and the Church in Jesuit’s lives

July 12, 2013
“Digital Dementia” Seen In Youth

Memory loss and poor cognitive function is increasing in young adults who are using technology more frequently.

July 1, 2013
Vatican Gives New Link for Pope Francis’ Daily Homilies

Pope Francis has been using his daily homilies to teach the Gospel. Follow his daily teachings here:

June 24, 2013
Seattle University Online News Features the Sacred Story Institute

June 12, 2013
Eternal Salvation and Justice in Society Result from God’s Help

Pope Francis recently stated that we must confront the falsehood that human effort alone can achieve justice in society. In Sacred Story, Fr. Watson writes: Unless and until Original Sin’s spiritual superstructures rooted in individual hearts and souls are targeted and disarmed no sustainable peace or justice in Church or human society is possible. This is true no matter how organized, expansive and effective our social service networks become. Read Pope Francis’ comments:

February 7, 2013
“In Today’s Youth ‘Multiverse,’ ‘An Extremely Complex, But Fascinating Reality'”
Pope Benedict XVI speaks at Plenary Assembly
of Pontifical Council for Culture

October 9, 2012
“When We Do the New Evangelization, It is Always in Cooperation with God”
Pope Benedict XVI’s meditation at the opening of the
First General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops

July 23, 2012
Cautionary Tales on Social Media and Technology…
“Silicon Valley Says Step Away from the Device” (New York Times)

“Refugee from Facebook questions the social media life” (Washington Post)

March 27, 2012
Commonweal Magazine Reflects on Confession Today
Three authors reflect on the challenges and hoped for goals a
renewed practice of Sacramental Reconciliation might bring to
today’s Catholics.

March 9, 2012
Pope Benedict Describes Confession as Integral to Evangelization
Sacrament of Reconciliation is essential to the life of faith
and is closely associated with the announcement of the Gospel.