Homily, March 12, 2018
“What do I really desire?” Do I really desire God, and seek to be with Him? “Or am I afraid? Am I mediocre?” What is the measure of my desire? Am I satisfied with the appetizer, or do I desire the banquet that is set before me?... The Holy Father concluded his reflection by encouraging those present to maintain their desire, to not be content with where they are. “Go forward a little bit, take risks,” he said. “The true Christian takes risks, he goes out of his comfort zone."
Homily, March 12, 2018
“There is no moment in life which cannot be fully lived by listening to Jesus. In beautiful moments, stop and listen to Jesus, in bad moments, stop and listen to Jesus. This is the way, he will tell us what we need to do, always...through all of life, listen to Jesus, to what Jesus tells us, in the Gospel, in the liturgy or in the heart, he always speaks to us.”
-Homily, Feb 25, 2018
“The Church, our Mother and Teacher, along with the often bitter medicine of the truth, offers us in the Lenten season the soothing remedy of prayer, almsgiving and fasting… By devoting more time to prayer, we enable our hearts to root out our secret lies and forms of self-deception, and then to find the consolation God offers. He is our Father and he wants us to live life well.” --
-Lenten Message for 2018 here to edit.
“I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew.”
-Lenten Message for 2018
"Jesus did not open an oﬃce for spiritual counseling with a sign reading: 'The prophet receives on Monday and Friday from 3:00 until 6:00 PM. Entry costs this much, or if you prefer, you can make an offering.' No, Jesus does not do that. he doesn't even open a medical office with a sign reading: 'The sick may come on such-and-such day, and they will be healed'. Jesus throws himself in the midst of the people."
-Homily, January 30, 2018
IT IS A MORAL IMPERATIVE/RESPONSIBILITY TO CREATE THE RIGHT CONDITION FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE IN A DIGNIFIED MANNER
“[It is] a moral imperative, a responsibility that involves everyone, to create the right condition to allow each person to live in a dignified manner. By rejecting a “throwaway” culture and a mentality of indifference, the entrepreneurial world has enormous potential to effect substantial change by increasing the quality of productivity, creating new jobs, respecting labor laws, fighting against public and private corruption and promoting social justice, together with the fair and equitable sharing of profits.”
-Pope Francis to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Jan 2018
"Goodness, together with love, justice and solidarity are not achieved once and for all; they have to be realized each day. It is not possible to settle for what was achieved in the past and complacently enjoy it, as if we could somehow ignore the fact that many of our brothers and sisters still endure situations of injustice that none of us can ignore."
-Address to Chilean Authorities, La Moneda Palace, January 16, 2018
Just as the Magi set out on their journey after seeing the star, the Pope said, "The star of Jesus demands that those who seek Him leave behind the armchair of worldly comforts and the reassuring warmth of hearth and home.” “In other words,” he said, “if we want to find Jesus, we have to overcome our fear of taking risks, our self satisfaction and our indolent refusal to ask anything more of life.”
-by Robin Gomes, Vatican News Website, 01/06/18
"Vocation is today! The Christian mission is now! This "today" that Jesus proclaims assures us that God continues to "come down" to save our human family and to make us sharers in His mission. The Lord continues to call others to live with Him and follow Him in a relationship of a particular closeness.
We should not wait to be perfect in order to respond with our "perfect yes", nor be fearful of our limitations and sins, but instead open our hearts to the voice of the Lord. To listen to that voice, to discern our personal mission in the Church and the world, and at last to live it in the today that God gives us."
-Message for the 2018 World Day of Vocations
"On this day full of light, the prophetic proclamation resounds: “For to us a child is born." The power of this Child, Son of God and Son of Mary, is not the power of this world, based on might and wealth; it is the power of love...
On this day of joy, we are all called to contemplate the Child Jesus, who gives hope once again to every person on the face of the earth. By His grace, let us with our voices and our actions give witness to solidarity and peace.
Merry Christmas to all!"
-Christmas Message 2017
Words of Wisdom from Pope Francis. Quotes come from homilies, statements, papal statements, Twitter and more!