Holy Quotes from Pope Francis

Posted by Guest Blogger on 10/14/17 8:00 AM

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Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air. This is a man who, as we've seen, takes the time to visit the sick, bless children, embrace the imprisoned. He chooses to live in in an apartment rather than the papal rooms, and promotes the spirit of his namesake, Saint Francis. Yes, Pope Francis has much to teach us about faith, hope, and charity. Enjoy these quotes from our pope!


  • “Love is the greatest power for the transformation of reality because it pulls down the walls of selfishness and fills the ditches that keep us apart.”
  • “The secret of Christian living is love. Only love fills the empty spaces caused by evil.”
  • “Holiness means giving ourselves in sacrifice every day. And so married life is a tremendous path to sanctity!”
  • “Lord Jesus, make us capable of loving as you love.”
  • “God loves us. May we discover the beauty of loving and being loved.
  • What is God’s love? It is not something vague, some generic feeling. God’s love has a name and a face: Jesus Christ, Jesus. Love for God is made manifest in Jesus.
  • “Jesus is our hope. Nothing—not even evil or death—is able to separate us from the saving power of his love.”
  • “What zest life acquires when we allow ourselves to be filled by the love of God!”
  • The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.
  • “There is never a reason to lose hope. Jesus says: ‘I am with you until the end of the world.’”
  • “God is waiting for you. And if you were a great sinner, he is waiting for you even more and waiting for you with great love, because he is first.”
  • “God loves us. May we discover the beauty of loving and being loved.”

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  • “Jesus is our hope. Nothing—not even evil or death—is able to separate us from the saving power of his love.”
  • Awareness of the marvels that the Lord has wrought for our salvation disposes our minds and hearts to an attitude of thanksgiving to God for all that he has given us, for all that he has accomplished for the good of his people and for the whole of humanity.
  • “The whole of salvation history is the story of God looking for us: he offers us love and welcomes us with tenderness.”
  • The cross does not speak to us about defeat and failure; paradoxically, it speaks to us about a death which is life.
  • “Your sins are great? Just tell the Lord: Forgive me, help me to get up again, change my heart!”
  • The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.
  • “There is never a reason to lose hope. Jesus says: ‘I am with you until the end of the world.’”
  • “Jesus is never far from us sinners. He wants to pour out on us, without limit, all of his mercy.”
  • “How beautiful is the gaze with which Jesus regards us—how full of tenderness! Let us never lose trust in the patience and mercy of God.”
  • Let us ask our Lord to help us bear shining witness to his mercy and his love in every area of our Christian lives.
  • “Mercy is the true power that can save humanity and the world from sin and evil.”
  • “To be friends with God means to pray with simplicity, like children talking to their parents.”
  • “The one who listens attentively to the Word of God and truly prays, always asks the Lord: what is your will for me?”
  • “Prayer, humility, and charity toward all are essential in the Christian life: they are the way to holiness.”

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  • “If we are to know the Lord, we must go to him. Listen to him in silence before the tabernacle and approach him in the sacraments.”
  • Another good way to grow in friendship with Christ is by listening to his word. The Lord speaks to us in the depths of our conscience, he speaks to us through Sacred Scripture, he speaks to us in prayer. Learn to stay before him in silence, to read and meditate on the Bible, especially the Gospels, to converse with him every day in order to feel his presence of friendship and love.
  • “We need to rediscover a contemplative spirit, so that the love of God may warm our hearts.”
  • “Miracles happen. But prayer is needed! Prayer that is courageous, struggling and persevering, not prayer that is a mere formality.”
  • “Our deepest joy comes from Christ: remaining with him, walking with him, being his disciples.”
  • “We cannot live as Christians separate from the rock who is Christ. He gives us strength and stability, but also joy and serenity.”
  • “Dear young people, Jesus gives us life, life in abundance. If we are close to him we will have joy in our hearts and a smile on our face.”
  • “If we wish to follow Christ closely, we cannot choose an easy, quiet life. It will be a demanding life, but full of joy.”
  • “I cannot imagine a Christian who does not know how to smile. May we joyfully witness to our faith.”
  • “The Christian is someone who can decrease so that the Lord may increase, in his heart and in the heart of others.”
  • “When one lives attached to money, pride or power, it is impossible to be truly happy.”
  • “A simple lifestyle is good for us, helping us to better share with those in need.”
  • “If you hoard material possessions, they will rob you of your soul.”
  • “The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.”
  • “The Lord loves a cheerful giver. May we learn to be generous in giving, free from the love of material possessions.”

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  • “When we do not adore God, we adore something else. Money and power are false idols which often take the place of God.
  • “Lord, teach us to step outside ourselves. Teach us to go out into the streets and manifest your love.”
  • “If we see someone who needs help, do we stop? There is so much suffering and poverty, and a great need for good Samaritans.”
  • We would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.
  • “True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.”
  • “None of us can think we are exempt from concern for the poor and for social justice.”
  • “The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.”
  • “We pray for a heart which will embrace immigrants. God will judge us upon how we have treated the most needy.”
  • “There is never a reason to lose hope. Jesus says: ‘I am with you until the end of the world.’”
  • “Every Christian can witness to God in the workplace, not only with words, but above all with an honest life.”
  • “What does ‘evangelize’ mean? To give witness with joy and simplicity to what we are and what we believe in.”
  • “We cannot be tepid disciples. The Church needs our courage in order to give witness to truth.”
  • “Let us not forget: if we are to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, our lives must bear witness to what we preach.”

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