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Hope

Christian hope is a humble and strong virtue that supports us, so that we do not drown under the many difficulties we face in life. Hope in the Lord never disappoints us; it’s a font of joy and peace in our hearts.

Pope Francis Homily
Casa St Martha
17 March 2016

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Gospel of St Mark 10:46 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%2010:46-52

There is an interesting detail.  Jesus asks his disciples to go and call Bartimaeus.  They address the blind man with two expressions, which only Jesus uses in the rest of the Gospel.  First they say to him: “Take heart!”, which literally means “have faith, strong courage!”.  Indeed, only an encounter with Jesus gives a person the strength to face the most difficult situations.  The second expression is “Rise!”, as Jesus said to so many of the sick, whom he took by the hand and healed.  His disciples do nothing other than repeat Jesus’ encouraging and liberating words, leading him directly to Jesus, without lecturing him.  Jesus’ disciples are called to this, even today, especially today: to bring people into contact with the compassionate Mercy that saves.  When humanity’s cry, like Bartimaeus’, becomes stronger still, there is no other response than to make Jesus’ words our own and, above all, imitate his heart.  Moments of suffering and conflict are for God occasions of mercy.  Today is a time of mercy!

There are, however, some temptations for those who follow Jesus.  The Gospel shows at least two of them.  None of the disciples stopped, as Jesus did.  They continued to walk, going on as if nothing were happening.  If Bartimaeus was blind, they were deaf: his problem was not their problem.  This can be a danger for us: in the face of constant problems, it is better to move on, instead of letting ourselves be bothered.  In this way, just like the disciples, we are with Jesus but we do not think like him.  We are in his group, but our hearts are not open.  We lose wonder, gratitude and enthusiasm, and risk becoming habitually unmoved by grace.  We are able to speak about him and work for him, but we live far from his heart, which is reaching out to those who are wounded.  This is the temptation: a “spirituality of illusion”: we can walk through the deserts of humanity without seeing what is really there; instead, we see what we want to see.  We are capable of developing views of the world, but we do not accept what the Lord places before our eyes.  A faith that does not know how to root itself in the life of people remains arid and, rather than oases, creates other deserts.

There is a second temptation, that of falling into a “scheduled faith”.  We are able to walk with the People of God, but we already have our schedule for the journey, where everything is listed: we know where to go and how long it will take; everyone must respect our rhythm and every problem is a bother.  We run the risk of becoming the “many” of the Gospel who lose patience and rebuke Bartimaeus.  Just a short time before, they scolded the children (cf. 10:13), and now the blind beggar: whoever bothers us or is not of our stature is excluded.  Jesus, on the other hand, wants to include, above all those kept on the fringes who are crying out to him.  They, like Bartimaeus, have faith, because awareness of the need for salvation is the best way of encountering Jesus.

In the end, Bartimaeus follows Jesus on his path (cf. v. 52).  He did not only regain his sight, but he joined the community of those who walk with Jesus.”

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Fear is an attitude that harms us, weakens us, diminishes us, even paralyzes us. A person in fear does nothing, doesn’t know what to do: is fearful, frightened, focused on herself so that something harmful or bad won’t happen to her. Thus, fear leads to selfish egocentrism and it paralyzes us. For this very reason, Jesus says to Paul: ‘Do not be afraid. Go on speaking.’

Morning Meditation
St. Martha Guest House
15 May 2015

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“The Christian communities are called to offer support to the educational mission of families, and they do so first of all with the light of the Word of God.”

 May 20, 2015

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/general-audience-on-the-education-of-children

This is so important in family life … the education of our youngest in our family … our children. If the foundations of family life are rock solid based on traditional family values, then our children will face the world as good, strong, healthy citizens of society.

“Today, dear Brothers and Sisters, I wish to welcome you because I have seen so many families among you. Good morning to all the families! We continue to reflect on the family. Today we pause to reflect on an essential characteristic of the family, namely, its natural vocation to educate the children so that they grow in responsibility for themselves and for others. What we heard from the Apostle Paul at the beginning is so beautiful: “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not exasperate your children, lest they become discouraged” (Colossians 3:20-21). This is a wise rule: the child is educated to listen to his parents and to obey his parents who must not command in a bad way, lest they discourage the children. The children, in fact, must grow without being discouraged, step by step. If you parents say to the children: “Let’s go up that flight of steps” and you take them by the hand and step by step you make them go up, things will go well. But if you say: ”Go up! – ‘But I can’t” – “Go!” this is called exasperating the children, asking the children to do what they are not capable of doing. Therefore, the relation between parents and children must be one of wisdom, of very great balance. Children, obey your parents, this pleases God. And you, parents, do not exasperate your children, asking them to do things they cannot do. And this must be done so that the children grow in responsibility for themselves and for others.

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2015-05-19 Vatican Radio

Pope Francis said on Tuesday (May 19th) many people like the Rohingya of Myanmar or the Christians and Yazidis in Iraq have been forced to say farewell to their homes and the lives of all of us are marked by farewells of varying importance.  He said each of us should reflect on our own final farewell from this life and what it means for Christians to entrust themselves to God. The Pope’s words came during his morning Mass at the Santa Marta residence.

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-we-should-think-about-our-final-farewell?hootPostID=ad2e81406cb6163a15e14416555df14a

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I think this quote from Pope Francis needs to be covered in stars and flowers and framed in everyone’s house!

To love

Don’t give hatred time. Give time to time. This is useful for us when we have wicked thoughts about others, wicked feeling, when we have hostility, hatred, to not allow it to grow, to stop it, to give time to time. Time puts things in harmony, and makes us see things in the right light. But if you react in a moment of anger, it is certain you will be unjust. You will be unjust. And you will hurt yourself, too. Here’s some advice: time, time in the moment of temptation. The one who pauses gives God time.
Homily
Casa Santa Marta
17 April 2015

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Mary, Mother of Jesus

 

Mary was always with Jesus, she followed Jesus in the midst of the crowds and she heard all the gossip and the nastiness of those who opposed the Lord. And she carried this cross! Mary’s faith encountered misunderstanding and contempt.

Address
Prayer for the Marian Day
St. Peter’s Square
12th October 2013

 

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10 Tips for Lent
– Pope Francis

1. Get rid of the lazy addiction to evil :“[Lent] is a ‘powerful’ season, a turning point that can foster change and conversion ineach of us. We all need to improve, to change for the better. Lent helps us and thus we leave behind old habits and the lazy addiction to the evil that deceives and ensnares us.” – General Audience, March 5, 2014

2. Do something that hurts: “Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; 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.” – Lenten Message, 2014

3. Don’t remain indifferent: “Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience. God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation.” –Lenten Message, 2015

4. Pray: Make our hearts like yours!: “During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord:Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.” – Lenten Message, 2015

5. Take part in the sacraments: “Lent is a favorable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like him. This happens whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ.” – Lenten Message, 2015

6. Prayer: “In the face of so many wounds that hurt us and could harden our hearts, we are called to dive into the sea of prayer, which is the sea of God’s boundless love, to taste his tenderness. Lent is a time of prayer, of more intense prayer, more prolonged, more assiduous, more able to take on the needs of the brethren; intercessory prayer, to intercede before God for the many situations of poverty and suffering.” – Homily, March 5, 2014

7. Fasting: “We must be careful not to practice a formal fast, or one which in truth ‘satisfies’ us because it makes us feel good about ourselves. Fasting makes sense if it questions our security, and if it also leads to some benefit for others, if it helps us to cultivate the style of the Good Samaritan, who bends down to his brother in need and takes care of him.” – Homily, March 5, 2014

8. Almsgiving: “Today gratuitousness is often not part of daily life where everything is bought and sold. Everything is calculated and measured. Almsgiving helps us to experience giving freely, which leads to freedom from the obsession of possessing, from the fear of losing what we have, from the sadness of one who does not wish to share his wealth with others.” – Homily, March 5, 2014

9. Help the Poor: “In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ. Our efforts are also directed to ending violations of human dignity, discrimination and abuse in the world, for these are so often the cause of destitution. When power, luxury and money become idols, they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth. Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, equality, simplicity, and sharing.” – Lenten Message, 2014

10. Evangelize: “The Lord asks us to be joyous heralds of this message of mercy and hope! It is thrilling to experience the joy of spreading this good news, sharing the treasure entrusted to us, consoling broken hearts and offering hope to our brothers and sisters experiencing darkness.” – Lenten Message, 2014

You probably won’t be able to take huge steps forward in all of these areas. Instead, pick a couple that stand out to you and try to find practical ways to grow in your love of God and your love of your neighbor.

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“If you are looking for God

you won’t find him sitting on a comfortable couch flicking through a magazine,

or sitting at your computer.

The search for God means having the courage to set out on a risky path,

it means following our restless hearts”.

~  Pope Francis, Homily at Santa Marta, February 10, 2015

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In the world today, there is so much unrest, disquiet, wars, terrorism, disease. Families are looking for hope. Our Holy Father Pope Francis offers us hope for the future of families, giving advice to engaged couples before they embark on a commitment of married life together.
“It was definitely a unique experience. With more than 12,000 engaged couples,
Pope Francis gave them all some advice on what it takes to make a marriage work.
First, using some symbolism, he said couples must be willing to become jewelers.
POPE FRANCIS
“Marriage is also a daily job. We could even say it’s like craftsmanship. In a way it’s like being a goldsmith, because a husband makes his wife more of a woman, and she in turn should make her husband a better man. Growing together in their humanity, as man and woman.”
But unlike any other job, marriage is a life long commitment. But this shouldn’t scare couples, said the Pope. It’s something they work on together, day by day.
POPE FRANCIS
“Love is something that comes about. It’s a reality that grows. As an example, we could even say that it’s like building a home. You build a home together, not alone!”
He then added you can’t base a marriage on just feelings. Rather it must be based on something concrete.
POPE FRANCIS
“You can’t base a marriage on feelings that come and go. Bur rather on the rock of true love, the love that comes from God.”
A good marriage, he said, isn’t just a marriage that lasts. It’s also about quality.
POPE FRANCIS
“It’s not just about having a marriage that lasts. The quality of the marriage is also important.”
You can’t forget to pray. The Pope the couples some advice, based on the ‘Our Father’ prayer.
POPE FRANCIS
“When we pray the ‘Our Father’ we say: Give us this day our daily Bread. When it comes to marriage, we can say: Give us this day, our daily love.”
Being in love means saying three phrases more often than not. They are: May I?  thank you and I’m sorry.”
POPE FRANCIS
“May I? This is the polite way of joining  someone’s life, with respect and attention. Do we know how to say thank you? As engaged couples and soon as a married couple, it’s important to acknowledge that your spouse is a gift from God. When you receive a gift from God, you say Thank You.’”
But the Pope also gave a warning: Nobody is perfect. So the key to happiness, he said, is forgiveness.
POPE FRANCIS
“We all know there is no such thing as the perfect family or a perfect husband or wife. I won’t even mention a perfect mother in law…It’s us who do exist, sinners. Jesus knows us well and He tells us a secret: Never let the day end, without apologizing.”
Part of talking about marriage, is planning the wedding itself. The Pope gave some advice about making the day unforgettable.
POPE FRANCIS
“Make sure it’s an authentic celebration, because marriage is a celebration. It’s a Christian celebration, not a worldly one. Imagine having a party sipping some tea? No way, without wine there’s no party.”
So his tips include, love, patience, understanding and prayer. Once you say ‘I do’ said the Pope, you can’t cross your arms and wait.  Because marriage is work…. and a life long commitment.

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