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The Most Wonderful Pope Francis Quotes on Love, Life, Mercy, & Family

The Most Wonderful Pope Francis Quotes on Love, Life, Mercy, & Family

 

  • I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.
  • God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.
  • No one can grow if he does not accept his smallness.
  • Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good… Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.
  • Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.
  • This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good. The Most Wonderful Pope Francis Quotes on Love, Life, Mercy, & Family
The Most Wonderful Pope Francis Quotes on Love, Life, Mercy, & Family

  • A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.
  • We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.
  • It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.
  • We all have the duty to do good.
  • If one has the answers to all the questions – that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. You must leave room for the Lord, not for our certainties; we must be humble.
  • Abortion isn’t a lesser evil, it’s a crime. Taking one life to save another, that’s what the Mafia does. It’s a crime. It’s an absolute evil.

 

  • A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.
  • It is true that going out on to the street implies the risk of accidents happening, as they would to any ordinary man or woman. But if the church stays wrapped up in itself, it will age. And if I had to choose between a wounded church that goes out on to the streets and a sick, withdrawn church, I would definitely choose the first one.
  • Living together is an art. It’s a patient art, it’s a beautiful art, it’s fascinating.
  • How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure but it is news when the stock market loses two points?
  • Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world.
  • Situations can change; people can change. Be the first to seek to bring good. Do not grow accustomed to evil, but defeat it with good.
  • This is the struggle of every person: be free or be a slave.
  • Idolatry, then, is always polytheism, an aimless passing from one lord to another. Idolatry does not offer a journey but rather a plethora of paths leading nowhere and forming a vast labyrinth.
  • God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.The Most Wonderful Pope Francis Quotes on Love, Life, Mercy, & Family
  • Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.
  • Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.
  • I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.
The Most Wonderful Pope Francis Quotes on Love, Life, Mercy, & Family

  • Instead of imposing new obligations, (Christians) should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty and who invite others to a delicious banquet.
  • I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity.
  • Where there is truth, there is also light, but don’t confuse light with the flash.
  • We don’t have to expect everything from those who govern us; that would be juvenile.
  • An example I often use to illustrate the reality of vanity, is this: look at the peacock; it’s beautiful if you look at it from the front. But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth… Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity has huge misery hiding inside them.
  • Worshipping is stripping ourselves of our idols, even the most hidden ones, and choosing the Lord as the centre, as the highway of our lives.

 

  • Worshipping the Lord means giving Him the place that he must have; worshipping the Lord means stating, believing – not only by our words – that He alone truly guides our lives; worshipping the Lord means that we are convinced before Him that He is the only God, the God of our lives, the God of our history.
  • From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.
  • I am always wary of decisions made hastily. I am always wary of the first decision, that is, the first thing that comes to my mind if I have to make a decision. This is usually the wrong thing. I have to wait and assess, looking deep into myself, taking the necessary time.
  • Indifference is dangerous, whether innocent or not.
  • Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others.
  • I think that we succumb to attitudes that do not permit us to dialogue: domination, not knowing how to listen, annoyance in our speech, preconceived judgments and so many others.

  • The Lord never tires of forgiving. It is we who tire of asking for forgiveness.
  • Among us, who is above must be in service of the others. This doesn’t mean we have to wash each other’s feet every day, but we must help one another.
  • Not to share one’s wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood. It is not our own goods which we hold, but theirs. – St John Chrysostom
  • God’s image is the married couple, a man and woman, together. Not just the man. Not just the woman. No, both of them. That’s God’s image.
  • My choices, including those related to the day-to-day aspects of life, like the use of a modest car, are related to a spiritual discernment that responds to a need that arises from looking at things, at people and from reading the signs of the times. Discernment in the Lord guides me in my way of governing.
  • The root of this possibility of doing good – that we all have – is in creation.

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