Morning Mass

On the Apostles: The Witness of the Bishops

“Praying and witnessing” are the “two tasks of bishops”, who are the “pillars of the Church”. But should they weaken it is the People of God who suffer. This is why, during Mass at Santa Marta on Friday morning, 22 January Pope Francis recommended persistent prayers for the successors of the Twelve Apostles. The Pontiff’s reflection [...]

Envy: A Cautionary Tale: “Envy Kills and it doesn’t Tolerate"

On Thursday, 21 January, during Mass at Santa Marta, Pope Francis cautioned against envy, a sin that can lead one to kill. The first reading was taken from the First Book of Samuel (18:6-9, 19:1-7). It tells, the Pope noted, about “King Saul’s entrance into the city after the victory against the Philistines”, which was won [...]

A Meditation on the New Wineskins: True Change

A Christian who hides behind the notion that “this is how it’s always been done...” is committing a sin, becomes idolatrous and disobedient, and lives a “patched up, half and half life”, because his heart is closed to the “newness of the Holy Spirit”. The invitation to free oneself from “customs” in order to make room [...]

Humility, Detachment, and Trust: “What should the Church be like?"

What are the features of the People of God? What should the Church be like? This was the theme of Pope Francis’ meditation for the Mass at Santa Marta on Tuesday, 15 December. In the day’s passage from the Gospel according to Matthew (21:28-32), Jesus states to the chief priests and elders: “Truly, I say to [...]

On God's Tender Love: “Do not be afraid, I am here”

A father or a mother tells their child: “Do not be afraid, I am here” and pampers the child with caresses. This is the privileged condition of man: small, weak, but reassured, supported and forgiven by a God who is in love with him. At the beginning of the Jubilee, Pope Francis took the opportunity to [...]

On Biting one's Tongue: “Gossiping is an act of terrorism”

Speaking against others is an act of terrorism, akin to dropping a bomb to destroy people and then clearing out to save yourself. Instead, in order to be holy, Christians must always bring “peace and reconciliation” and in order to avoid giving in to the temptation of gossip, they must also bit their tongue: it may [...]

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