I was asked to give a talk about Pope Francis at the Catholic Information Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While I’m only one member of the WPI team and this isn’t an official WPI event, I wanted to let you all know about this event and extend an invitation to any faithful readers in the West Michigan area.
The talk is on Sunday, July 21st (3:00pm- 5:15pm, Mass to follow) and the title is:
Transformed by Grace: Pope Francis & Everyday Holiness
Here’s the brief description.
Growing in holiness is often talked about in terms of things we need to do, whether that’s praying more or overcoming habitual sin, if we just work really hard then we will be holy. However, this is a false view of holiness that undermines the amazing work of grace and the Holy Spirit. This talk will draw from Pope Francis’ teaching to show how holiness is really about God transforming us into Himself throughout our daily life.
You can find more information and registration here.
And here are some of the articles I’ve written about Gaudete et Exsultate and Pope Francis’ teaching on grace if you want a preview of what I’ll be speaking about…
- Holiness isn’t about trying harder
- St Paul’s Letter Against Pelagianism
- Everyone’s a Little Bit Gnostic
- Judging the Insignificant, Domesticating the Mystery
- Bishop Barron on Amoris Laetitia and the JPII Generation
- We cannot make ourselves holy
- If you can’t keep the Commandments, it’s your fault! A defense of JP2
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Paul Fahey lives in Michigan with his wife and four kids. For the past eight years, he has worked as a professional catechist. He has an undergraduate degree in Theology and is currently working toward a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling. He is a retreat leader, catechist formator, writer, and a co-founder of Where Peter Is. He is also the founder and co-host of the Pope Francis Generation podcast. His long-term goal is to provide pastoral counseling for Catholics who have been spiritually abused, counseling for Catholic ministers, and counseling education so that ministers are more equipped to help others in their ministry.