redemption

Reflections for the Feast of Holy Family

On the Feast of the Holy Family we offer all the members of our own families on the altar for God’s blessing. Homily starter anecdote: Grandparents are a treasure: Pope Francis said that as a child, he heard a story of a family with a mother, father, many children and a grandfather. The grandfather, suffering from Parkinson’s [...]

Two wonders

· With the certainty that “God always labours”, there is no need to fear living the gift of love and of liberty, setting aside once and for all the false assurances that come from rigidity. · Pope Francis’ shared this reflection during Mass at Santa Marta on Monday morning, 6 February. Francis’ meditation was inspired by [...]

From the Domus Santa Marta: The Words of Pope Francis

There is a story in the Old Testament in which poisonous snakes keep hurting the Israelites. When Moses prayed for the people, God had him sculpt a bronze image of the very same snake, which the sick could look upon and in so looking, be healed. During his morning meditation, Pope Francis considered how strange that [...]

The serpent that kills and the one that saves

If we want to understand the “history of our redemption” we must look at the Crucifix. Pope Francis’ homily for Mass at Santa Marta on Tuesday, 15 March, revolved around the mystery of the suffering and death of Jesus, who became sin for man’s salvation. The Pontiff’s reflection focused on the message borne in the image [...]