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Pope Francis

 

“Today, in the cathedrals and sanctuaries throughout the world, the Doors of Mercy are being closed. Let us ask for the grace not to close our eyes to God who sees us and to our neighbour who asks something of us. Let us open our eyes to God, purifying the eye of our hearts of deceitful and fearful images, from the god of power and retribution, the projection of human pride and fear. Let us look with trust to the God of mercy, with the certainty that “love never ends” (1 Cor 13:8). Let us renew our hope in the true life to which we are called, the life that will not pass away and that awaits us in communion with the Lord and with others, in a joy that will last forever, without end.

And let us open our eyes to our neighbour, especially to our brothers and sisters who are forgotten and excluded, to the “Lazarus” at our door.”

Pope Francis

Homily  Vatican Basilica  13 November 2016

   Joy of the Gospel                  Love in the Family

 

The same Spirit everywhere brings forth various forms of practical wisdom which help people to bear suffering and to live in greater peace and harmony.  As Christians, we can also benefit from these treasures built up over many centuries, which can help us better to live our own beliefs”. Pope Francis    Apostolic Exhortation November 2013   Paragraph 254 (extract)

Just as Jesus “gave back to his mother” (cf. Lk 7:15) her son who had died, so it will be with us.  Let us not waste energy by dwelling on the distant past.  The better we live on this earth, the greater the happiness we will be able to share with our loved ones in heaven.  The more we are able to mature and develop in this world, the more gifts will we be able to bring to the heavenly banquet.”.                           Pope Francis    Apostolic Exhortation        April 2016   Paragraph 258 (extract)

   Care of our Common Home

“…we can once more broaden our vision. We have the freedom needed to limit and direct technology; we can put it at the service of another type of progress, one which is healthier, more human, more social, more integral. Liberation from the dominant technocratic paradigm does in fact happen sometimes, for example, when cooperatives of small producers adopt less polluting means of production, and opt for a non-consumerist model of life, recreation and community. Or when technology is directed primarily to resolving people’s concrete problems, truly helping them live with more dignity and less suffering." Pope Francis   Encyclical   May 2015 Paragraph 112