Casa Santa Marta

The Church, like Mary, is woman and mother

The Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, was observed for the first time on Monday; the movable feast is set for the first day following Pentecost. In his homily during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said the first virtue of a mom is tenderness. The Church is feminine,” Pope [...]

Pope reflects on death at Mass at Casa Santa Marta

The thought of death saves us from the illusion of being “masters of time.” At Mass on Thursday morning, Pope Francis’ homily focused on the reality of death. In his homily at the daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on three realities: “Death is a fact; death is an inheritance; death is [...]

‘Shepherds should show tenderness and closeness of Jesus’

During his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, Pope Francis says those entrusted with shepherding God’s people should always show Jesus’ tenderness and closeness, as set out in the readings of the day (Mark 5:21-43). Pope Francis took his cue from the day’s Gospel according to Mark, which indicates “a day [...]

Transmit the faith with the courage of truth and witness

During his homily at morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta Pope Francis reflected on the how we announce the Gospel message saying that words are empty if they do not reflect real life. At the heart of Pope Francis’ homily on Friday morning in the Casa Santa Marta was a reflection on how to transmit the faith. Taking [...]

Christian prayer is courageous

Faith in Jesus and courage to go beyond difficulties as many saints have done, this characterizes Christian prayer. Those were the Pope’s words during his homily at Mass on Friday morning at the Casa Santa Marta, inspired by the healings narrated in the Gospel.  During his homily at morning Mass on Friday, Pope Francis reflected on [...]

Pastor’s authority comes from closeness to God and people ‎

In his homily at Mass, Pope Francis compares the authority of Jesus with that of the Scribes and doctors ‎of the law who were far from God and the people. ‎ Emotion, closeness and consistency are what characterize the authority of Jesus the pastor. Pope Francis made the point in his homily at Mass, Tuesday morning, [...]

‘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 [...]

Mass is an encounter of love with Christ

Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Holy Mass at Wednesday's General Audience, beginning a series of reflections on the various parts of the Mass with a consideration of the introductory rites. At his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Holy Mass, beginning a series of reflections on the various parts of the liturgy. [...]

Joseph, example of a man who took nothing for himself

In the homily at the morning Mass, Pope Francis said Saint Joseph “took up” the fatherhood of Jesus, “a paternity that was not his own, but God’s.” In difficulties, in troubles, in darkness, we learn from St Joseph who knew “how to walk in darkness,” “how to listen to the voice of God,” “how to go [...]

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