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Pope Francis General Audience 14.04.21


I cordially greet the English-speaking faithful. In the joy of the Risen Christ, I invoke upon you and your families the loving mercy of God our Father. May the Lord bless you all!

I hope that, in the climate of Easter joy, you will be able to put yourself at the service of the Gospel and of your brothers and sisters.

Finally, as usual, my thoughts turn to the elderly, young people, the sick and newlyweds. I encourage everyone to lead a generous existence, built on the rock, that is, on Christ, our one and firm hope. My blessing to you all.






Pope Francis Holy Mass 11.04.21

Divine Mercy Sunday

Pope Francis Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday 11.04.21
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The risen Jesus appeared to the disciples on several occasions. He patiently soothed their troubled hearts. Risen himself, he now brings about “the resurrection of the disciples”. He raises their spirits and their lives are changed. Earlier, the Lord’s words and his example had failed to change them. Now, at Easter, something new happens, and it happens in the light of mercy. Jesus raises them up with mercy. Having received that mercy, they become merciful in turn. It is hard to be merciful without the experience of having first received mercy.

First, they receive mercy through three gifts. First, Jesus offers them peace, then the Spirit and finally his wounds. The disciples were upset. They were locked away for fear, fear of being arrested and ending up like the Master. But they were not only huddled together in a room; they were also trapped in their own remorse. They had abandoned and denied Jesus. They felt helpless, discredited, good for nothing. Jesus arrives and says to them twice, “Peace be with you!” He does not bring a peace that removes the problems without, but one that infuses trust within. It is no outward peace, but peace of heart. He tells them “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, even so I send you” (Jn 20:21). It is as if to say, “I am sending you because I believe in you”. Those disheartened disciples were put at peace with themselves. The peace of Jesus made them pass from remorse to mission. The peace of Jesus awakens mission. It entails not ease and comfort, but the challenge to break out of ourselves. The peace of Jesus frees from the self-absorption that paralyzes; it shatters the bonds that keep the heart imprisoned. The disciples realized that they had been shown mercy: they realized that God did not condemn or demean them, but instead believed in them. God, in fact, believes in us even more than we believe in ourselves.  As far as God is concerned, no one is useless, discredited or a castaway. Today Jesus also tells us, “Peace be with you! You are precious in my eyes. Peace be with you! You are important for me. Peace be with you! You have a mission. No one can take your place. You are irreplaceable. And I believe in you”.

Second, Jesus showed mercy to his disciples by granting them the Holy Spirit. He bestowed the Spirit for the forgiveness of sins. The disciples were guilty; they had run away, they had abandoned the Master. Sin brings torment; evil has its price. Our sin, as the Psalmist says (cf. 51:5), is always before us. Of ourselves, we cannot remove it. Only God takes it away, only he by his mercy can make us emerge from the depths of our misery. Like those disciples, we need to let ourselves be forgiven, to ask heartfelt pardon of the Lord. We need to open our hearts to being forgiven. Forgiveness in the Holy Spirit is the Easter gift that enables our interior resurrection. Let us ask for the grace to accept that gift, to embrace the Sacrament of forgiveness. And to understand that Confession is not about ourselves and our sins, but about God and his mercy. Let us not confess to abase ourselves, but to be raised up. We, all of us, need this badly. Like little children who, whenever they fall, need to be picked up by their fathers, we need this. We too fall frequently. And the hand of our Father is ready to set us on our feet again and to make us keep walking. That sure and trustworthy hand is Confession. Confession is the sacrament that lifts us up; it does not leave us on the ground, weeping on the hard stones where we have fallen. Confession is the Sacrament of resurrection, pure mercy. All those who hear confessions ought to convey the sweetness of mercy. This is what confessors are meant to do: to convey the sweetness of the mercy of Jesus who forgives everything. God forgives everything.

Together with the peace that rehabilitates us and the forgiveness that lifts us up, Jesus gave his disciples a third gift of mercy: he showed them his wounds. By those wounds we were healed (cf. 1 Pet 2:24; Is 53:5). But how can wounds heal us? By mercy. In those wounds, like Thomas, we can literally touch the fact that God has loved us to the end. He has made our wounds his own and borne our weaknesses in his own body. His wounds are open channels between him and us, shedding mercy upon our misery. His wounds are the pathways that God has opened up for us to enter into his tender love and actually “touch” who he is. Let us never again doubt his mercy. In adoring and kissing his wounds, we come to realize that in his tender love all our weaknesses are accepted. This happens at every Mass, where Jesus offers us his wounded and risen Body. We touch him and he touches our lives. He makes heaven come down to us. His radiant wounds dispel the darkness we carry within. This is the starting-point of our Christian journey. But if we trust in our own abilities, in the efficiency of our structures and projects, we will not go far. Only if we accept the love of God, will we be able to offer something new to the world.

And that is what the disciples did: receiving mercy, they in turn became merciful. We see this in the first reading. The Acts of the Apostles relate that “no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common” (4:32). This is not communism, but pure Christianity. It is all the more surprising when we think that those were the same disciples who had earlier argued about prizes and rewards, and about who was the greatest among them (cf. Mt 10:37; Lk 22:24). Now they share everything; they are “of one heart and soul”” (Acts 4:32). How did they change like that? They now saw in others the same mercy that had changed their own lives. They discovered that they shared the mission, the forgiveness and the Body of Jesus, and so it seemed natural to share their earthly possessions. The text continues: “There was not a needy person among them” (v. 34). Their fears had been dispelled by touching the Lord’s wounds, and now they are unafraid to heal the wounds of those in need. Because there they see Jesus. Because Jesus is there, in the wounds of those in need.

Dear sister, dear brother, do you want proof that God has touched your life? See if you can stoop to bind the wounds of others. Today is the day to ask, “Am I, who so often have received God’s peace, his mercy, merciful to others? Do I, who have so often been fed by the Body of Jesus, make any effort to relieve the hunger of the poor?” Let us not remain indifferent. Let us not live a one-way faith, a faith that receives but does not give, a faith that accepts the gift but does not give it in return. Having received mercy, let us now become merciful. For if love is only about us, faith becomes arid, barren and sentimental. Without others, faith becomes disembodied. Without works of mercy, it dies (cf. James 2:17). Dear brothers and sisters, let us be renewed by the peace, forgiveness and wounds of the merciful Jesus. Let us ask for the grace to become witnesses of mercy. Only in this way will our faith be alive and our lives unified. Only in this way will we proclaim the Gospel of God, which is the Gospel of mercy.

 

Pope Francis


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Pope Francis General Audience 14.04.21

The Church - teacher of prayer

Pope Francis - Prayer and the Church  14.04.21
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The Church is a great school of prayer.

The life of a parish and every Christian community is marked by liturgical moments and moments of community prayer. The garment of faith is not starched, but develops with us; it is not rigid, it grows, even through moments of crisis and resurrection. Actually, there is no growth without moments of crisis because crises make you grow. Experiencing crisis is a necessary way to grow. And the breath of faith is prayer. After certain passages in life, we become aware that without faith we could not have made it and that our strength was prayer – not only personal prayer, but also that of our brothers and sisters, and of the community that accompanied and supported us, of the people who know us, of the people we ask to pray for us.

For this reason, too, communities and groups dedicated to prayer flourish in the Church. Some Christians even feel the call to make prayer the primary action of their day. There are monasteries, convents, hermitages in the Church where persons consecrated to God live. They often become centres of spiritual light. They are centres of community prayer that radiate spirituality. They are small oases in which intense prayer is shared and fraternal communion is constructed day by day. They are cells that are vital not only for the ecclesial fabric, but that of society itself. 

When the Enemy, the Evil One, wants to combat the Church, he does so first by trying to drain her fonts, hindering them from praying. Changes in the Church without prayer are not changes made by the Church. 

The lamp of faith will always be lit on earth as long as there is the oil of prayer. The question that we Christians need to ask ourselves is: Do I pray? Do we pray? How do I pray? Like parrots or do I pray with my heart? How do I pray? Do I pray, certain that I am in the Church and that I pray with the Church? Or do I pray a bit according to my ideas and then make my ideas become prayer? This is a pagan prayer, not Christian. 

And this is the Church’s essential task: to pray and to teach how to pray. To transmit the lamp of faith and the oil of prayer from generation to generation. 







Pope Francis  April 2021

Fundamental rights


Defending fundamental human rights demands courage and determination.
I’m referring to actively combatting poverty, inequality, the lack of work, land and housing, and the denial of social and labour rights.
Often, in practice, fundamental human rights are not equal for all.
There are first-, second-, and third-class people, and those who are disposable.
No. They must be equal for all.
In some places, defending people’s dignity can mean going to prison, even without a trial. Or it might mean slander.
Every human being has the right to develop fully, and this fundamental right cannot be denied by any country.
Let us pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis, that they may see their sacrifice and their work bear abundant fruit.




Fratelli Tutti 

Fraternity / Fratelli Tutti

Fratelli Tutti on fraternity and social friendship.
The signs of the times clearly show that human fraternity and care of creation form the sole way towards integral development and peace.
May Saint Francis accompany the Church’s path of fraternity, among believers of every religion, and among all peoples.



















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The Gospel in your pocket 

Read the Gospel

How do we receive the Word of God? The response is clear: As one receives Jesus Christ. The Church tells us that Jesus is present in the Scripture, in His Word.
Always carry a small Gospel with you in your purse, in your pocket, and read a passage from the Gospel during the day. Not so much to learn something, but mostly to find Jesus, because Jesus actually is in His Word, in His Gospel.  Every time I read the Gospel, I find Jesus.  - Pope Francis 01.09.14
 
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Pope Francis General Audience 07.04.21

Praying in communion with the Saints

Pope Francis   General Audience  07.04.21
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Today, I would like to reflect on the connection between prayer and the communion of saints. In fact, when we pray, we never do so alone: even if we do not think about it, we are immersed in a majestic river of invocations that precedes us and proceeds after us.

Contained in the prayers we find in the Bible, that often resound in the liturgy, are the traces of ancient stories, of prodigious liberations, of deportations and sad exiles, of emotional returns, of praise ringing out before the wonders of creation… And thus, these voices are passed on from generation to generation, in a continual intertwining between personal experience and that of the people and the humanity to which we belong. We always bear in our attitudes this inheritance, even in the way we pray. 

Each time we join our hands and open our hearts to God, we find ourselves in the company of anonymous saints and recognized saints who pray with us and who intercede for us as older brothers and sisters who have preceded us on this same human adventure. There is no grief in the Church that is borne in solitude, there are no tears shed in oblivion, because everyone breaths and participates in one common grace. It is no coincidence that in the ancient church people were buried in gardens surrounding a sacred building, as if to say that, in some way, the hosts of those who have preceded us participate in every Eucharist. Our parents and grandparents are there, our godfathers and godmothers are there, our catechists and other teachers are there… The faith that is passed on, transmitted, that we have received. Along with faith, the way of praying and prayer have been transmitted.

The saints are still here not far from us. The saints remind us that even in our lives, however weak and marked by sin, holiness can unfold. Even at the last moment. 

The Catechism explains that the saints contemplate God, praise him and constantly care for those whom they have left on earth. Their intercession is their most exalted service to God’s plan. We can and should ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world” (CCC, 2683). There is a mysterious solidarity in Christ between those who have already passed to the other life and we pilgrims in this one: from Heaven, our beloved deceased continue to take care of us. They pray for us, and we pray for them and we pray with them.

We pray for each other, we make requests and offer prayers…. The first way to pray for someone is to speak to God about him or her. If we do this frequently, each day, our hearts are not closed but open to our brothers and sisters. To pray for others is the first way to love them and it moves us toward concretely drawing near. Even in conflictual moments, a way of dissolving the conflict, of softening it, is to pray for the person with whom I am in conflict. And something changes with prayer. The first thing that changes is my heart and my attitude. The Lord changes it so it might be turned into an encounter, a new encounter so that that the conflict does not become a never-ending war.

The first way to face a time of anguish is by asking our brothers and sisters, the saints above all, to pray for us. The name given to us at Baptism is not a label or a decoration! It is usually the name of the Virgin, or a Saint, who expect nothing other than to “give us a hand” in life, to give us a hand to obtain the grace from God that we need. If the trials of life have not reached the breaking point, if we are still capable of persevering, if despite everything we proceed trustingly, more than due to our own merits, perhaps we owe all this to the intercession of all the saints, some who are in Heaven, others who are pilgrims like us on earth, who have protected and accompanied us, because all of us know there are holy people here on this earth, saintly men and women who live in holiness. They do not know it; neither do we know it. But there are saints, everyday saints, hidden saints, or as I like to say, “saints who live next door”, those who share their lives with us, who work with us and live a life of holiness.

Therefore, blessed be Jesus Christ, the only Saviour of the world, together with this immense flowering of saintly men and women who populate the earth and who have praised God through their own lives. 


Pope Francis  Holy Mass 11.04.21

Divine Mercy Sunday

Spiritual Communion: 
My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Because I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.


Pope Francis - Christ is Alive! 

Pope Francis - Christ is Alive

Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world, and everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive.





 AE 

Abortion

Accusers

Acts of mercy

Adultery

Advent

Adversary

Afraid

Agreement

All Nations

All Saints

All Souls

Alone

Always beside us

Amazed

Among the people

Anger

Annoyed

Annunciation of the Lord

Anointing

antichrist

Anxiety

Apostle

Apostolic zeal

Arrogance

Ascension

Ash Wednesday

Ashamed

Ask

Asylum seekers

Authority 

Bad Times

Baptism

Baptism of the Lord

Beatitudes

Beauty

Belittling

Belonging

Betrayal

Birth of Jesus

Bishops

Black

Bleakest moments

Bless

Body and Blood

Born Christians

Broadmindedness

Building

Bullying

Burdens

Busy 

Call to Holiness - Gaudete Exsultate

Canonization

Care

Care for our common home / Laudato Si / Climate Change

Careers

Catechists

Catechumen

Catholic

 Celebration

Change your Life

Charity

Children

Choices in Life

Chrism Mass

Christ the King

Christian community

Christian Life

Christian Unity

Christian vigilance

Christian Witness

Christianity as a social habit

Christians of action and truth

Christians of words

Christmas

Church

Cleaner

Clerical attitude

Closed door Church

Closeness

Come out of ourselves

Comfort

Commandments

Communication

Communion

Comparison to others constantly

Compassion

Complaining

Concreteness

Condemnation

Confession

Confirmation

Conflict

Confraternities

Conscience

Consecrated Life

Consolation

Consumerism

Consumption

Contemplative Prayer

Contempt

Conversion

Corpus Christie

Correction

Corruption

Courage

Covenant

Cowardice

Creation

Crisis

Cross

Crucifix

Cry Out

Culture of Waste

Cursing


Dark Times

Darkness

Deacons

Death

Deception

Deeds

Defeat

Defending ourselves

Demons

Desires

Desolation

Despair

Destruction

Devastation

Devil

Dictatorial Governments

Difficulties

Disabled

Disappointment

Discarding

Discernment

Disciple

Discouraged

Discrediting

Disdain

Distances

Disunity

Division

Docility

Drugs 

Easter

Ecclesial spirit

Economics

Ecumenism

Education

Elderly

Encounter with Jesus

End of the world

Endurance

Enemies

Environment

Envy

Epiphany

Ethics

Eucharist

Evangelical spirit

Evangelii Gaudium

Evangelization

Everyone

Evil

Excluded

Exorcism

Expectation

Exploitation

J 

Face of God

 Failures

Faith

Faithfulness

False accusation

False News

Fame

Family

Fasting

Fat

Father

Fear

First Communicants

Flattery

Flee from God

Following

Forbear

Forgiveness

the Forgotten

Fortune telling

Fratelli Tutti

Fraternity / Fratelli Tutti / All Brothers and Sisters

Freedom

Future

 Gardener

Generosity

Gentleness

Give freely

Give Thanks to God

Go out

God calls

Godliness

God Remembers You

God's Gratuitousness

God's Love

God's Patience

God's Power and Weakness

God's True Face

God's Voice

God walks with us

Good

Good Deeds

Good Friday

Good Samaritan

Good Shepherd

Gossip

Government

Grace

Greatest

Grey

Grief

Guardian Angels

Harmony 

Hatred

Heal this wound

Healing

Healthy Restlessness

Hear the voice of God

Heart of stone

our Heart

Heaven

Hell

Help me

Help one another

Holiness

Holy Family

Holy Saturday

Holy Spirit

Holy Thursday

Holy Wednesday

Holy Week

Homeless

Hope

Hospitality

How to know God

Human Dignity

Human Fraternity

Human Trafficking

Humiliation

Humility

Hungry

Hypocrisy of the just

Hypocrites

Idle 

Idols

Impatient

the Important

Indifference

Indignation

In my name

Insecurity

Insults

Jealousy

Jesus Christ

Journeying

Joy

Joy of the Gospel/ Evangelii Gaudium

Judas

Judging

Justice 

 Killing

Kindness

Kingdom of God

Lamentations

Last Judgement

Laudato Si

the Law

Lazarus

Lazy

Leaders

the Least Ones

Leave something

Lent

Liberation

Lies

Life

Lift up our eyes

Light

Listen to the word of Jesus

Littleness

Living stones

Lord's Supper

Lost Faith

Lost sheep

Love

Love God

Love in the Family - Amoris Laetitia

Love of God

Love our neighbour

Lukewarm Christians

Lumen Fidei /The light of Faith 

Lust

Luxury

 

 Magnanimity

Marginalized

Marriage

Martyrs

Mary

Material things

Mediocrity

Meekness

Memory

Mercy

Migrants

Ministry

Miracles

Misinformation

Mission

Missionary spirit

Mistreat

Mock

Moments of Desolation

Money

Mourning

Mud-slinging

Murmuring

My Image

My Lifestyle


Nativity Scene

Near to people

Neighbour

New life

Newness

New things of God

Night of the sinner

Nostalgia

Not speaking

 

Obey God

Omission

Open door Church

Oppressed

Our Lady 

Overwhelmed

 S T

Pagan worship

Palm Sunday - Passion of the Lord

Past

Pastors

Pastoral Customs Office

Path of Life

Patience

Peace

Pentecost / Whitsunday

People of God

Persecution

Perseverance

Personal success

Pessimism

Please May I

Pleasure

Politics

Poor

Poor in Spirit

Possessions

Power

Praise

Prayer

Present

Presentation of the Lord

Pride

Priests

Prince of the World

Prisoners

Privilege

Problems

Proclaim the Gospel

Prodigal Son

Professing

Profession of Faith

Profit

Promotion

Prophecy

Prophet

Prostitutes

Protect

 

Read the Gospel

Reassurance 

Receiving

Reconciliation

Refugees

Refusing Jesus

Regret

Reinstate

Remain

Remain steadfast in the Lord

Remember

Renewal

Repent

Resentment

Respect

Resurrection

Retaliation

Return to God

Revenge

Riches

Ridicule

Rifts

Righteousness

Rigid Christians

Rivalry

Ruins of Life

Rule for Daily Life

Rulers


Sacred Heart

Sadness

Saint

Salt

Salvation

Sanctification

Satan

Scorn

Seduction

See

See the Good

Seeking God

Self-importance

Self-justification 

Selfish

Separation

Serenity

Service

Setbacks

Settle the matter

Shame

Sharing

Shouting

Sick

Silence

Simplicity

Sin

Slander

Slavery

Smallness

Smiling

Solidarity

Something Stupid

Son

Sorry

Soul

St John

St Joseph

St Mark

St Paul

St Peter

St Stephen

Stifling Life

Stop and Choose

Strength

Struggle

Subsidiarity

Success

Suffering

Surprises

Swearing

Swim against the tide

Take life as it comes

Talents

Talk to the Lord

Tarot cards

Tears

Temple

Temptations 

Tenderness

Thank You

Thanksgiving

Thoughts

Time

Today

Tragedies

Transfiguration

Trials of Life

Treasure

Trinity

Triumphalism

Troubles

Trust in God

Truth

 XY Z 

Urbi et Orbi

 Uncertainty

Unemployed

Unity

Vanity

Verbal abuse

Victims

Victory

Vigilance

Violence 

Wants

Wars

Weakest

Weakness

Wealth

Weary

Weeping

Welcoming

Well-being

Witness

 Women

Word of God

Words

Work

Works of charity and mercy

World institutions

Worldliness

Worship

Worries

Wounds

Wrongdoing endured

 

Young people