The Pope

Pope Francis

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‘I prefer a church that is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out in the streets rather that a church that is unhealthy from being confined and clinging to its own security.’
Pope Francis

I love Pope Francis. Everyone does.
It’s hard to put my finger on why exactly. Of course, a lot seem to love a fake Francis of their own creation (much like with St. Francis of Assisi); but I think this is just because they know he’s incredibly lovable, and have no choice but to co-opt him, or listen to him. Considering how lively he is, their versions of Francis are remarkably lifeless (they love to place him in a long dead paradigm).
I think the central brilliance of Pope Francis, is that his chief focus seems to on being a good Christian. Head of state, priest, Bishop, Pope, one of the most powerful men in the world, all seem to come second to being a Christian. Not only second, but his concern for these roles is (I believe) entirely derived from his role of lowly Christian.
Previously, the Pope was seen as the definitive Churchman, just because he headed the hierarchy; Pope Francis has made the definitive Churchman, the lowly Churchman.
I don’t doubt that previous Popes were also Christians first, yet Pope Francis has made it incredibly evident. I’d say undeniable, but there are always some.
Crucially, our Pope is a call to action, to live radically by the gospel. That is his mission, and that is why he is Francis. To continously recall us to the gospel, to poverty, to humility, to radical love, to the cross, and ultimately to Christ himself.

‘In this day and age unless Christians are revolutionaries they are not Christians.’

‘To become saints only one thing is necessary: to accept the grace which the Father gives us in Jesus Christ.’

‘Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”‘
Evangelii Gaudium n. 3

God bless you, and pray for the Pope!

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More new quotes

I have collected a few more quotes on my quotes page, and again thought it helpful to share as a post to save some trouble. Enjoy-

‘Mercy is the prophecy of a new world, in which the goods of the earth and of work are equally distributed and no one lacks the necessary, because solidarity and sharing are the concrete result of fraternity.’
Pope Francis

‘There is no other way of knowing God than by living in him.’
St. Gregory of Nazianzus

‘Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.’
St. Maximilian Kolbe

‘Without God’s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary’s Son, nothing could be redeemed.’
St. Anselm
                                
‘In this day and age unless Christians are revolutionaries they are not Christians.’
Pope Francis

‘To become saints only one thing is necessary: to accept the grace which the Father gives us in Jesus Christ.’
Pope Francis

‘All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.’
St. Thomas Aquinas

‘Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need.’
St. Thomas Aquinas

‘I was born poor, I have lived poor, and I wish to die poor.’
St. Pius X

 ‘There are as many ways to heaven as there are people.’
Pope Benedict XVI

‘In man’s deception, poison was served him through a woman; in his redemption, salvation is presented him through a woman.’
St. Augustine of Hippo

‘He may even go mad; but he is going mad for the love of sanity. But the modern student of ethics, even if he remains sane, remains sane from an insane dread of insanity.’
G.K. Chesterton

‘Christianity has not failed–it has been found difficult and left untried.’
G.K. Chesterton

‘If you have anything, through your hands you shall give ransom for your sins. Do not hesitate to give, nor complain when you give; for you shall know who is the good repayer of the hire. Do not turn away from him who is in want; rather, share all things with your brother, and do not say that they are your own.’
The Didache (Teaching of the Twelve Apostles)

‘It is just as easy to think in continents as to think in cobble-stones. The difficulty comes in when we seek to know the substance of either of them.’
G.K. Chesterton

‘Work without love is slavery.’
Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Pope’s prayer intentions this month

‘The Pope’s universal prayer intention for January 2014 is “that all may promote authentic economic development that respects the dignity of all peoples”.
‘His prayer intention for evangelization is “that Christians of diverse denominations may walk toward the unity desired by Christ”.’ –From Vatican news

I looked up the pope’s prayer intentions for this month earlier today, and I just loved them so much I decided to spread the word this little bit further.

God bless you

Links to writings of Saint Francis

Saint Francis of Assisi’s Letter to All The Faithful
Saint Francis’ writings

Today is the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, and so I figured I’d share his writings. St Francis was truly amazing, and left his mark (which was really Jesus’ mark on him) on the world.
If you don’t know much about him, here is Wikipedia on him, and here is Catholic encyclopedia on him.

Also, here is Pope Francis’ homily in Assisi from today, and here is his words in an address he made in Assisi, where hew tells Christians to strip themselves of worldliness. I am sure Pope Francis will be absolutely incredible, following in his namesake’s footsteps (today literally).

God bless you.