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I Am a Son of the Church: A Big Heart Open to God, the Papal Interview Which Confounded the Media Comments

Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the necessary things: this is also what fascinates and attracts more, what makes the heart burn, as it did for the disciples at Emmaus. We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel. The proposal of the Gospel must be, more simple, profound, radiant. It is from ... Continue Reading

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  1. Theresa H
    1 year ago

    It seems to me that in Pope Francis we are seeing a different "manner," a "merciful" approach to mankind and comparing him with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and even Pope JP II and earlier Popes. Our previous Popes spoke and wrote to us from a doctrinal approach because of the modern/secular/relativistic culture we have been immersed in for many years, now. We needed their teaching; they prepared the way for Pope Francis--whom we need today........Unfortunately, some articles being written these days (not the above article) about what Pope Francis says and does make it sound like the teaching in matters of faith and morals doesn't matter any more, like it is outdated. That simply isn't true and I suspect we will see Pope Francis speaking up in matters of faith and morals, as well, as time goes on. But he will not let us forget that the "Good Shepherd" has open arms, always ready to forgive those who return to Him, like in the story of the prodigal son, and Jesus before the "woman caught in adultery." We, too, must be ready to show the way to Jesus to wandering sheep we meet along the way of our own life.

  2. mike robertson
    1 year ago

    Thank you, Deacon for your presentation of this. I was worried upon hearing the initial media repiorts. We recently had college kids at our Mass who spoke of walking across the US as pro-life witnesses. The media would have us think the Pope said "What a waste of energy. Feed the poor!". The Pope said nothing of the kind.

    I recall Jesus telling the adulteress "Neither do I condemn you. Sin no more. " I also recall the Prodigal Son. His Father did not say "Here is more money to spend on prostitutes". The son repented and turned away from sin. The elder brother should have been overjoyed instead of being angry.

    Nothing the Poe said changes what God teaches through His Church. Among those teachings are "You shall not murder (including babies in their mom's womb)" and that marriage is only as it was "from the beginning " (Jesus' own words), i.e. one man to one woman.

  3. Tom McGuire
    1 year ago

    I have not read the whole interview, but will. Deacon Keith thanks for making it available.

    I was struck by the Second reading this morning in the Office of the Readings on the Feast of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Priest, Paul Chong Ha-Sang, & Companions, Martyrs.

    Saint Kim Tae-gon wrote as he awaited martyrdom: "But, as the Scriptures say, God numbers the very hairs of our head and in his all-embracing providence he has care over us all. Persecution, therefore, can only be regarded as
    the command of the Lord or
    as a prize he gives or
    as a punishment he permits.

    Hold fast, then to the will of God and with all your heart fight the good fight under the leadership of Jesus; conquer again the diabolical power of this world that Christ has already vanquished."

    What a joyful spirit in the face of the ultimate sacrifice of life for Jesus Christ. This is the spirit of Francis, Bishop of Rome. This is what he calls us to be. Oh, that we could live out such joy as we live our daily lives and proclaim (kerygma) the Good News of Salvation to the whole world.

  4. abey
    1 year ago

    The house that is build upon the Rock to the faith in Christ Jesus, the Covenant of God, will not fall, for the gates of hell cannot prevail against it.

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