Many are beginning to believe that Pope Francis is reviving faith, and opening human hearts to rejoice in the Gospel.
Made in God’s image we all crave love and the tender compassion and mercy of our Creator. Pope Francis and Oscar Romero show us how to imitate Christ, and challenge us to reach out in merciful comforting compassion to those longing for God’s tender embrace. It is the embrace of the Father for his Prodigal Son. It is an evangelizing embrace of grace that inspires thankfulness, and joyful conversion and repentance.
Read his description:
Fr. Ron Rolheiser’s challenge to all of us not to be stingy with mercy.
Early on in my ministry, I lived in a rectory with a saintly old priest. He was over 80, nearly blind, but widely sought out and respected, especially as a confessor. One night, alone with him, I asked him this question: “If you had your priesthood to live over again, would you do anything differently?” From a man so full of integrity, I fully expected that there would be no regrets. So his answer surprised me. Yes, he did have a regret, a major one, he said: “If I had my priesthood to do over again, I would be easier on people the next time. I wouldn’t be so stingy with God’s mercy, with the sacraments, with forgiveness. I fear I’ve been too hard on people. They have pain enough without me and the Church laying further burdens on them. I should have risked God’s mercy more.”
Read full article in the Catholic Register On not being stingy with God’s mercy.
Fr. Paul Philibert OP explores what the term “periphery’ means in the context of Pope Francis and his challenge to go to the periphery of the church. LINK
In my nearly 40 years as a journalist, this is the first time that I recall a pope offering a view on the media’s roles and responsibilities in the world. Think. Be silent. Be calm. Listen. This is papal instruction from which we can all benefit — those of us who write the words and stories, and those of us who read, view, and listen to them.
I may be a lapsed Catholic but it is heartening to hear a pope so in tune with the world and in sync with my own work and mission to inject civility into a world in sore need.