In the Words of Pope Francis
On the Surprises of Being a Disciple
"Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey." (Evangelii Gaudium, paragraph 127)
On the Heart's Interior
"In your heart you know that it is not the same to live without him; what you have come to realize, what has helped you to live and given you hope is what you also need to communicate to others." (Evangelii Gaudium, paragraph 121)
On God's Eyes
"For no one is no good in the Church, we are all necessary for building this Temple! No one is secondary. No one is the most important person in the Church, we are all equal in God’s eyes."
June 26, 2013
On the Lamp of Faith
"Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey." Lumen Fidei 57, June 29, 2013.
"The Christian is someone who thinks and acts in everyday life according to God’s will, someone who allows his or her life to be guided and nourished by the Holy Spirit, to be a full life, a life worthy of true sons and daughters. And this entails
realism and fruitfulness. Those who let themselves be led by the Holy Spirit are realists, they know how to survey and assess reality."
June, 16, 2013
On Moving Forward
"We ask the Lord for the grace that we may not be a half-way Church, a triumphalist Church, of great successes, but a humble Church, that walks with decision, just like Jesus. Forward, forward, forward. With a heart open to the will of the Father,
just like Jesus. We ask for this grace. "
May 29, 2013
On The Luminosity of Simplicity
"We are all simple but important instruments of his; we have not received the gift of faith to keep it hidden, but, rather, to spread it so that it can illumine a great many of our brethren on their journey."
May 17, 2013
On Forgiving Our Enemies
"And it is beautiful to see them: they have that beautiful countenance, that serene happiness. They do not say much, but have a patient heart, a heart filled with love. They know what forgiveness of enemies is, they know what it is
to pray for enemies. So many Christians are like that!”
May 25, 2013-Mass at Domus Sanctae Martae
On Ardent Prayer as Heart & Soul
"The fire of the Holy Spirit was sent down upon the Apostles at Pentecost in answer to their fervent prayer; ardent prayer in the Spirit must always be the soul of new evangelization and the heart of our lives as Christians."
May 22, 2013
On Newness & God's Surprises!
"The newness which God brings into our life is something that actually brings fulfilment, that gives true joy, true serenity, because God loves us and desires only our good. Let us
ask ourselves today: Are we open to “God’s surprises”? Or are we closed and fearful before the newness of the Holy Spirit? Do we have the courage to strike out along the new paths which God’s newness sets before us, or do we resist,
barricaded in transient structures which have lost their capacity for openness to what is new? We would do well to ask ourselves these questions all through the day."
Pentecost Sunday, May
"A mother then thinks of the health of her children, teaching them also to face the difficulties of life. You do not teach, you do not take care of health by avoiding problems, as though life were a motorway with no obstacles. The mother helps
her children to see the problems of life realistically and not to get lost in them, but to confront them with courage, not to be weak, and to know how to overcome them, in a healthy balance that a mother “senses” between the area of security and
the area of risk. And a mother can do this!"
May 4, 2013-St. Mary Major Bascilica, Rome
On Visiting Shrines
"When you visit shrines, when you bring your family, your children, you are engaged in a real work of evangelization. This needs to continue. May you also be true evangelizers! May your initiatives be “bridges”, means of bringing others
to Christ, so as to journey together with him. And in this spirit may you always be attentive to charity. Each individual Christian and every community is missionary to the extent that they bring to others and live the Gospel, and testify to God’s love
for all, especially those experiencing difficulties. Be missionaries of God’s love and tenderness! Be missionaries of God’s mercy, which always forgives us, always awaits us and loves us dearly."
May 5, 2013- St. Peter's Square
On Kite Flying
"Flying a kite is similar to the attitude we need regarding a person's growth: at some point you have to let the string go slack. In other words: you have to give things time."
His Life in His Own Words-Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio p. 74.
On Leisure-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio
"Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport. But this
is being destroyed, in large part, by the elimination of the Sabbath rest day. More and more people work on Sundays as a consequence of the competitiveness imposed by a consumer society."
Pope Francis: His
Life in His Own Words(G.P. Putnam's Sons: New York, 2013) 19-20.