Homily of Pope Francis from the Prayer Vigil

Homily of Pope Francis at the Vigil of Prayer and Fasting in Saint Peter’s Square:     “And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:12, 18, 21, 25). The biblical account of the beginning of the history of the world and of humanity speaks to us of a God who looks at creation, in a sense contemplating it, and declares: “It is good”. This allows us to enter into God’s heart and, precisely from within him, to receive his message. We can ask ourselves: what does this message mean? What does it say to me, to you, to all of us? 1. It says to us simply that this, our world, in the heart and mind of God, is the “house of harmony and peace”, and that it is the space in which everyone is able to find their proper place and...

To Love Fasting

To Love Fasting

  By now, I am sure you’ve heard that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has proclaimed September 7th a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for Syria.  Following is an excerpt from his message:   I repeat forcefully: it is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace.   May the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone so that they may lay down their weapons and be let themselves be led by the desire for peace.   To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of...

What Did the Holy Spirit Work in Me Today?

What Did the Holy Spirit Work in Me Today?

  I’m growing accustomed to his Italian.   Vatican City, May 6,2013/07:00 am  CNA/EWTN News– Pope Francis said people should ask themselves what the Holy Spirit did in them at the end of each day.   “We should get into the habit of asking ourselves before the end of the day, what did the Holy Spirit do in me?” and “what witness did he give me?” he said during daily Mass on May 6.   He explained that, “it is in this way that we can see how Jesus worked in our hearts. It is the Holy Spirit that opens our hearts to know Jesus.”   The pontiff celebrated the Mass alongside the Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, Cardinal Angelo Comastri. Employees who work in the basilica were among those invited to attend the Pope’s morning Mass....

Christians Can’t Lead a Double Life

Christians Can’t Lead a Double Life

    I read somewhere that Pope Francis doesn’t use a computer however, I see his twitter account has close to 5 million followers. Whatever the case, the Holy Father’s homilies just keep speaking very clearly right to the heart of the problems we face:   VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A “double life” that honors both worldly values and the teachings of Jesus is not an option for Christians, even when obedience to God leads to persecution, Pope Francis said in a morning homily April 11.   Speaking to a congregation of employees of the Vatican newspaper, Pope Francis commented on the day’s reading from the Acts of Apostles (5:27-33), in which Peter refuses an order to stop preaching in Jesus’ name, saying: “We must obey God rather than men.” “In...

Pope’s Prayer Consoles the North Koreans

Pope’s Prayer Consoles the North Koreans

    Imagine the suffering of these Christian brothers and sisters. They hang on the hope of prayer in the midst of severe persecution, virtual starvation and the threat of war, although if they’re caught praying that is a death sentence. But, a word from Pope Francis brings them consolation.   From Asia News.it  by Joseph Yun Li-sun   Source tells AsiaNews about an undercover meeting with a Christian who told “me that we heard about” Francis’s appeal. “We do not want to be isolated from the rest of the world,” he added. But tensions on the peninsula are rising as Pyongyang gets rocket ready for launch.   Seoul (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis’s appeal for peace on the Korean Peninsula “was a...