Abraham

‘Contempt for the weak is work of Satan’

What is it within ourselves that makes us mock and belittle the weakest among us? That was the question Pope Francis posed during his homily at the morning Mass on Monday in the Casa Santa Marta. Pope Francis at Monday morning’s Mass reflected on the many Biblical stories that tell of a powerful person humiliating someone weaker and [...]

Christians should be joyful

In his homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa, Pope Francis called on Christians to be joyful, and said pessimism is not Christian. Contrasting the joyful countenance of a person who has been forgiven and redeemed, with the face of someone attending a wake, Pope Francis delivered a homily on the joy that springs from the forgiveness of sin and the closeness of the Lord. Both [...]

God's gifts are irrevocable

When God gives a gift, it is irrevocable: He does not give something one day, and take it away the next. When God calls us, that call remains our whole life. Pope Francis began his homily with this reflection, inspired by the theme of our “election by God,” God’s choice of each of us, which is [...]

Pope Francis marks 25 years as a bishop

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Tuesday morning in the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, together with the members of the College of Cardinals present in the city, in order to mark the 25th jubilee of his ordination to the episcopacy. The Dean of the College of Cardinals offered greetings and best wishes to Pope Francis [...]

Reflect on the faithfulness of God

God is always faithful to His Covenant: He kept faith with Abraham and He is faithful to the salvation promised in His Son. That was the message of Pope Francis during the morning Mass on Thursday at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope called on those present to pause during the day to reflect on their [...]

One after the other

Starting with Abraham, culminating with Jesus to the Father and continuing until today, one finds many instances in which these words are spoken: “here I am”. As Pope Francis said on Tuesday, 24 January, during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Christians are called everyday “to do the Lord’s will”, becoming part of God’s providential plan [...]

More than just stars

“Complaining to the Lord is a way of praying”. Pope Francis expressed this in his reflection at the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, 28 December, as he continued the series of catecheses on the theme of Christian hope. He focused in particular on the experience of Abram, whom, the Pontiff explained, God [...]

Clericalism distances the people from the Church

"The spirit of clericalism is an evil that is present in the Church today," Pope Francis said, "and the victim of this spirit is the people, who feel discarded and abused." That was the Pope’s message in the homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. Among those taking part in the Mass were [...]

Day after day

“Today, 24 May, is the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, which is celebrated with special devotion in China. I offer this Mass for all Chinese people, for their great country, that the Lord may bless China”: with these words Pope Francis began the Eucharistic celebration in the Chapel of Santa Marta. In his homily the [...]

By | 2016-05-24T18:19:00+00:00 May 24th, 2016|Categories: Morning Mass Homilies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

‘To ignore the poor is to despise God’

Pope Francis says that to ignore the poor is to despise God and that the Lord’s mercy for us is tightly connected to our own mercy for others. Speaking on Wednesday morning at the weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square the Pope also decried the inequality and contradictions in the world as he reflected on [...]

By | 2016-05-18T17:05:06+00:00 May 18th, 2016|Categories: Wednesday Audience|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |
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