Even when man, out of his own shame, commits serious sins and goes against God, he continues to be a child of God because God never disowns his children.
Wednesday, 9 May 2018 - Pope Francis, General Audience, St Peter's Square (Vatican News)

Without love, the Church cannot grow, and is transformed into an empty institution, made up of appearances and actions without fecundity.
Thursday, 26 April 2018 - Pope Francis, Morning Mass, Casa Santa Marta (Vatican News)

Evangelization is the Spirit’s work
Thursday, 19 April 2018 - Pope Francis, Morning Mass, Casa Santa Marta (Vatican News)

Sign of Cross — Reminder of Baptism
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - Pope Francis' catechesis on Baptism, General Audience, Vatican (Vatican News)

The Church needs prophets
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - Pope Francis Homily, Morning Mass, Casa Santa Marta (Vatican News)

Follow Jesus out of faith, not self-interest
Monday, 16 April 2018 - Pope Francis Homily, Morning Mass, Casa Santa Marta (Vatican News)

Christ gives true freedom
Friday, 13 April 2018 - Pope Francis Homily, Morning Mass, Casa Santa Marta (Vatican News)

Easter joy brings obedience, witness, realism
Thursday, 12 April 2018 - Pope Francis Homily, Morning Mass, Casa Santa Marta (Vatican News)

Jesus risks himself in service
Pope Francis to inmates, Regina Coeli prison, Mass of the Lord's Supper, Maundy Thursday, Vatican (Vatican News)

Easter Triduum is center of Christian faith
Wednesday, 28 March 2018, General Audience, Vatican (Vatican News)

Our Lady is a gift of the Trinity
Saturday, 10 March 2018, Vatican (Vatican News)

Jesus calls us with the sweetness and confidence of a Father (There are no threats in the confessional – only forgiveness)
Tuesday, 27 Feb 2018, Casa Santa Marta, Vatican (Vatican News)

Be warned against the temptation of ‘showing off’ by fasting: [...] by letting people know [...] so that people think ‘what a good person’. This is a trick. It’s pretending to be virtuous.
Friday, 16 Feb 2018, Casa Santa Marta, Vatican (Vatican News)

How is your heart? Is it strong? Does it stay faithful to the Lord, or is it slowly sliding away?
Thursday, 8 Feb 2018, Casa Santa Marta, Vatican (Vatican News)

We listen to the Gospel, and we must respond with our lives. (Homily to be brief; well-prepared)
Wednesday, 7 Feb 2018, General Audience, Vatican (Vatican News)

Teach the people to adore in silence
Monday, 5 Feb 2018, Casa Santa Marta, Vatican (Vatican News)

Shepherds should show tenderness and closeness of Jesus
Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018, Casa Santa Marta, Vatican (Vatican News)

There is no humility without humiliation
Monday, 29 Jan 2018, Casa Santa Marta, Vatican (Vatican News)

We do not pray as "parrots" and without "interest" in what we ask for. We beg the Lord to "help our little faith" even in the face of difficulties.
Pope Francis on Christian Prayer - Friday, 12 Jan 2018, Morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Vatican (Vatican News)

Pastor’s authority comes from closeness to God and people ‎
Tuesday, 9 Jan 2018 - Morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Vatican (Vatican News)

Contempt for the weak is work of Satan
Monday, 8 Jan 2018 - Morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Vatican (Vatican News)

Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life
Monday, 1 Jan 2018 - Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica (CNA)

Humanity is precious and sacred to the Lord. Henceforth, to serve human life is to serve God.
Monday, 1 Jan 2018 - Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican News)

All of Mass is important - don’t be late!
Wednesday, 20 Dec 2017 - Vatican (Catholic News Agency)

It is the the Mass that defines Sunday for Christians. What sort of Sunday can it be if it is lacking an encounter with the Lord?
Wednesday, 13 Dec 2017 - General Audience, Vatican (NEWS.VA)

Being humble means accepting humiliation like Christ
Tuesday, 5 Dec 2017 - Chapel, Casa Santa Marta, Vatican (NEWS.VA)



Pope's Monthly Prayer Intention
May 2018


"Let us pray that the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today".

“Lay people are on the front line of the life of the Church. We need their testimony regarding the truth of the Gospel and their example of expressing their faith by practicing solidarity.

Let us give thanks for the lay people who take risks, who are not afraid and who offer reasons for hope to the poorest, to the excluded, to the marginalized.

Let us pray together this month that the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, the mission that they received in Baptism, putting their creativity at the service of the challenges of today's world.”

An Excerpt from the letter of his holiness Pope Francis to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America

[…] Often we have given in to the temptation of thinking that committed lay people are those dedicated to the works of the Church and/or the matters of the parish or the diocese, and we have reflected little on how to accompany baptized people in their public and daily life; on how in their daily activities, with the responsibilities they have, they are committed as Christians in public life. Without realizing it, we have generated a lay elite, believing that committed lay people are only those who work in the matters “of priests”, and we have forgotten, overlooked, the believers who very often burn out their hope in the daily struggle to live the faith. These are the situations that clericalism fails to notice, because it is more concerned with dominating spaces than with generating initiatives. Therefore we must recognize that lay people — through their reality, through their identity, for they are immersed in the heart of social, public and political life, participate in cultural forms that are constantly generated — need new forms of organization and of celebration of the faith. The current pace is so different (I do not say better or worse) than what we were living 30 years ago! “This challenges us to imagine innovative spaces and possibilities for prayer and communion which are more attractive and meaningful for city dwellers” (Evangelii Gaudium, n. 73). It is illogical and therefore impossible to think that we as pastors should have the monopoly on solutions for the multitude of challenges that contemporary life presents us. On the contrary, we must be on the side of our people, accompanying them in their search and encouraging the imagination capable of responding to the current set of problems. We must do this by discerning with our people and never for our people or without our people. As St Ignatius would say, “in line with the necessities of place, time and person”. In other words, not uniformly. We cannot give general directives in order to organize the People of God within its public life. Inculturation is a process that we pastors are called to inspire, encouraging people to live their faith where and with whom they are. Inculturation is learning to discover how a determinate portion of the people today, in the historical here and now, live, celebrate and proclaim their faith. With a particular identity and on the basis of the problems that must be faced, as well as with all the reasons they have to rejoice. Inculturation is the work of artisans and not of a factory with a production line dedicated to “manufacturing Christian worlds or spaces”.

There are two memories that should be asked to be safeguarded in our people. The memory of Jesus Christ and the memory of our forebears. The faith we have received was a gift that came to us in many cases from the hands of our mothers, from our grandmothers. They were the living memory of Jesus Christ within our homes. It was in the silence of family life that most of us learned to pray, to love, to live the faith. It was within family life, which then took on the shape of parish, school, community, that the faith came into our life and became flesh. It was this simple faith that accompanied us often in the many vicissitudes of the journey. To lose our memory is to uproot ourselves from where we came and therefore is also not even knowing where we are going. This is fundamental, when we uproot a lay person from his faith, from that of his origins; when we uproot him from the faithful Holy People of God, we uproot him from his baptismal identity and thus we deprive him of the grace of the Holy Spirit. The same happens to us when we uproot ourselves as pastors from our people, we become lost. Our role, our joy, a pastor’s joy, lies precisely in helping and in encouraging, as many have done before us: mothers, grandmothers and fathers, history’s real protagonists. Not through our concession of good will, but by right and actual statute. Lay people are part of the faithful Holy People of God and thus are the protagonists of the Church and of the world; we are called to serve them, not to be served by them. […]

Source: Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network
Full Message at this link from the Holy See website