Ah, but you might say “Holiness is for saintly people like the pope. But the pope says holiness is for you and me, and that everyone is called by God “to be holy and blameless before him in love” (Eph. 1:4).
Category: Pope Francis
Those who receive the sacrament are given the strength to overcome “the temptation to separate from God, from his will, from communion with him and fall into the snares of worldly seductions,” the pope said during his weekly general audience.
The pope’s prayer intention for May is that the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.
Heaven is not an eternally dull existence but rather the completion of a journey toward a promised encounter with the Lord, Pope Francis said.
The current “culture of the temporary” makes it more difficult than ever for young people to make lifelong commitments to God, Pope Francis told a group of British seminarians. “It is good to see...
Ordaining 16 men to the priesthood, Pope Francis urged them to be merciful with the people who approach them, especially in the confessional.
Cones raised in the air, the crowd gathered for dinner at the Sant’Egidio Community’s soup kitchen toasted Pope Francis on his name day, the feast of St. George.
I would have preferred Cardinal Wilfrid Napier as pope. We all have our predilections. Take note, however, that I never wrote that I find this pope unworthy. That is for God to decide.
It is a pity that I cannot explain to Mr Tonin in The Southern Cross why I don’t like Pope Francis
One of the most profound episodes in the gospels is Jesus’ encounter with the woman of dubious repute at Jacob’s Well in Samaria (John 4:5-42). There were many reasons why Jesus should not have engaged with that woman. For one thing, as she rightly noted, he was a Jew and she a Samaritan, members of groups who maintained a mutual hostility.
Christians must be willing to move where the Spirit leads them and not be benchwarmers on the sidelines of efforts to evangelise, Pope Francis said.
Naming a child is an important task for parents, because it gives children a sense of identity and belonging to their family and to God, Pope Francis said.
Naturally, in a document on the Christian call to holiness, Pope Francis cited a heavenly host of saints – including some whose sainthood causes are ongoing and some who probably will never be canonised.