-General Audience, August 17, 2016
"Through our partaking of the Eucharist, we not only receive spiritual nourishment, but, conformed ever more fully to the Lord, we become signs of his merciful presence to those around us. May all of us, as members of Christ's body, seek to bring to our families and communities, and especially to those most in need, the nourishment of God's closeness mercy and love."
-General Audience, August 17, 2016
"The secret to joy: never suppress positive curiosity; get involved because life is meant to be lived."
-Via Twitter, 8/2/16
"We are God’s beloved children, always. So you can see that not to accept ourselves, to live glumly, to be negative, means not to recognize our deepest identity. It is like walking away when God wants to look at me, trying to spoil his dream for me. God loves us the way we are, and no sin, fault or mistake of ours makes him change his mind. As far as Jesus is concerned – as the Gospel shows – no one is unworthy of, or far from, his thoughts. No one is insignificant. He loves all of us with a special love; for him all of us are important: you are important!"
-World Youth Day Mass, Krakow, Poland, July 31, 2016
"Dear young people... Jesus is waiting for you. He has confidence in you and is counting on you! He has so many things to say to each of you... Do not be afraid to look into his eyes, full of infinite love for you. Open yourselves to his merciful gaze, so ready to forgive all your sins. A look from him can change your lives and heal the wounds of your souls. His eyes can quench the thirst that dwells deep in your young hearts, a thirst for love, for peace, for joy and for true happiness. Come to Him and do not be afraid! Come to him and say from the depths of your hearts: “Jesus, I trust in You!”. Let yourselves be touched by his boundless mercy, so that in turn you may become apostles of mercy by your actions, words and prayers in our world, wounded by selfishness, hatred and so much despair. Carry with you the flame of Christ’s merciful love – as Saint John Paul II said – in every sphere of your daily life and to the very ends of the earth."
-Message for the Thirty-First World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland
“Fear make us immobile, it always stops us. It closes us up, closes us to God’s surprises.’ This temptation is always out there for the church, even today, to close itself up in times of danger, he said. However, prayer offers ‘the grace to open up a way out: from closure to openness, from fear to courage, from sadness to joy.”
-Pope Francis on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 2016, via Catholic News Services
"'Fear makes us immobile, it always stops us. It closes us up, closes us to God's surprises.' This temptation is always out there for the church, even today, to close itself up in times of danger, he said. However, prayer offers 'the grace to open up a way out: from closure to openness, from fear to courage, from sadness to joy.'"
-Pope Francis on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 2016, via Catholic News Service
"The summertime offers many people an occasion for rest. It's also a favorable time to take care of our human relationships."
-Via Twitter, 7/4/16.
"'...judgment is so wrong: judgment is only for God to do, him alone!'. Our responsibility is instead to 'love, understand, and pray for others when we see things that are not good', and if need be, to 'even speak to them', to warn them if something does not seem to be going in the right direction. In every case, 'never judge, never', because 'if we judge that is hypocrisy'."
-Morning Meditation, June 20, 2016, via News.va, Official Vatican Network
"People are the primary artisans of their own development, the first in charge!"
-Via Twitter, 6/21/16
"Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion. Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort."
-Statement released by the Holy See Press Office Director,
Father Federico Lombardi SJ, on the Orlando massacre, Radio Vaticana, June 12, 2016
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