Can You Hear Him Now?

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

It is Lent and God is continuing to call us closer to Him. But are we listening? That’s what the Pope wants to know.  He raised the question more than once over the weekend.  First, at his weekly Angelus message to thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square this past Sunday.  Later that day when he celebrated Mass at a parish outside of Rome  he again raised the issue of listening when he asked parishioners of Santa Maria dell’ Orazione about the duties of a Christian.

“Perhaps you will tell me; to go to Mass on Sundays; to fast and abstain during Holy Week-do these things but the first duty of a Christian is to listen to the Word of God, to listen to Jesus, because He speaks to us and He saves us with His word and with His word He also makes our faith stronger, more robust; Listen to Jesus.”

Pope Francis focused on the Gospel for this past Sunday which took us to Mount Tabor, the scene of our Lord’s Transfiguration.  The Pope reminded the faithful to whom He spoke in and around Rome about how God encouraged the disciples during the Transfiguration to listen to His Son.

“We, the disciples of Jesus are called to be people who listen to His voice and take seriously His words.  To listen to Jesus we must follow Him.  We need to go to a place, to climb the mountain and go to a place of silence to find ourselves and better perceive the voice of the Lord.” I found Pope Francis’ messages challenging and so relevant particularly in light of a new study that just came out concerning how saturated our lives are when it comes to the media.  Not only aren’t we listening all that closely to God but we aren’t paying much attention to those people who should be most important in our lives.  Parents in particular, are better connected to their Smart Phones than they are to their own children.

Researchers from Boston Medical Center went undercover in 15 fast food restaurants to observe Moms and Dads during meal time.  Parents in 40 of the 55 families observed were absorbed in their mobile devices according to the study.  Almost a third of the parents used their devices continuously throughout the meal.

If we’re not listening to God and to our own families, how are we going to be effective disciples?  In addition to the message of listening the Pope also is encouraging us to meet our brothers and sisters to help them in their daily walk.  One final suggestion from Pope Francis is to carry a “little book of the Gospels” and read short passages daily.  So in other words back away from those phones.  No better time than this important liturgical season of Lent to listen to what God is telling us in Scripture and in prayer, and then applying those messages to help make a difference in our lives and the lives of those around us.


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Teresa’s latest book, God's Bucket List: Heaven's Surefire Way to Happiness in This Life and Beyond is available on Amazon and one of her other popular books, Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture has been on the Catholic best-seller list since its release in October, 2011.

Teresa Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with nearly 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper.

In the year 2000, Teresa left the secular media to start her own speaking and communications company. Many of you remember Teresa from her days in the Detroit media, especially her awarding winning radio work and her many years on Channel 7 and Channel 50.

Teresa’s daily morning radio program, “Catholic Connection”, is produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, and now heard on over 150 Catholic stations nationwide. Her talk show is also carried on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Teresa is a columnist and special correspondent for the national Catholic newspaper, “Our Sunday Visitor”. She appears frequently on EWTN Catholic Television, most recently covering the March for Life in Washington D.C. Teresa has also been featured on “The O’Reilly Factor” and Fox News.

In 2008 Teresa was chosen as only one of 250 delegates from around the world to attend the Vatican Women’s Congress held in Rome marking the 20th Anniversary of John Paul the Second’s Letter entitled “On the Dignity and Vocation of Women.”

As a speaker Teresa travels around the country addressing media awareness and activism, as well as sharing her reversion to the Catholic Church. Her first book, “Noise—How Our Media Saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families”, published by Ascension Press is a Catholic best-seller and now in its second printing. Her second book, “Newsflash! My Surprising Journey from Secular Anchor to Media Evangelist” was published in September of 2008. Teresa has also co-authored a series of best selling Catholic books called “All Things Girl” for tween girls focusing on modesty and chastity.

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