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Pope Francis on Mercy

Posted by Diane M. Houdek on 5/11/16 10:07 PM

Pope Francis blessing a child
Image: Pope Francis blesses a child during a special audience with members of Doctors with Africa at the Vatican May 7. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) 

The following are excerpts from A Year of Mercy: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Diane M. Houdek and published by Franciscan Media.


Focus on the Heart

The call of Jesus pushes each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when we are dealing with a person. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see [of] how much generosity everyone is capable. No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; everyone knows the way to access it and the Church is the house that welcomes all and refuses no one. Its doors remain wide open, so that those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness. The greater the sin, so much the greater must be the love that the Church expresses toward those who convert.

24 HOURS FOR THE LORD, ST. PETER’S BASILICA
FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015

Unceasing Patience

God’s face is the face of a merciful father who is always patient. Have you thought about God’s patience, the patience he has with each one of us? That is his mercy. He always has patience, patience with us, he understands us, he waits for us, he does not tire of forgiving us if we are able to return to him with a contrite heart. “Great is God’s mercy,” says the Psalm. A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just. We need to understand properly this mercy of God, this merciful Father who is so patient.

ANGELUS, ST. PETER’S SQUARE
SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013

Mercy Holds the World in Existence

I remember, when I had only just become a bishop in the year 1992, an elderly woman approached me, humble, very humble, and over eighty years old. I looked at her, and I said, “Grandmother”—because in our country that is how we address the elderly—do you want to make your confession?” “Yes,” she said to me. “But if you have not sinned….” And she said to me: “We all have sins....” “But perhaps the Lord does not forgive them.” “The Lord forgives all things,” she said to me with conviction. “But how do you know, Madam?” “If the Lord did not forgive everything, the world would not exist.” I felt an urge to ask her: “Tell me, Madam, did you study at the Gregorian [University]?” because that is the wisdom which the Holy Spirit gives: inner wisdom focused on God’s mercy.

ANGELUS, ST. PETER’S SQUARE
SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013

The Bridge that Connects Us to God

We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.

MISERICORDIAE VULTUS, BULL OF INDICTION OF THE
EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY, 2

 


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