DEC 2018

Advent is a time for purifying the faith

NOV 2018

Christians must provide credible witness with their lives

So-called Christian societies will end if pagan

How do we want to meet the Lord?

‘Generosity enlarges the heart’

Pope to Choirs: ‘Help community sing, don't replace its voice'

Martyrdom doesn’t make the news

Bishop, a humble and meek servant, not a prince

'Murmuring'; and instead of dialoguing, we secretly complain

'Witness' always breaks a habit. It also puts you at risk

Bearing witness, complaining, asking questions

OCT 2018

Three forms of poverty

Indifference kills

Be careful around rigid Christians

The poor cannot wait

SEP 2018

The Lord keeps giving us new chances because his greatest joy is to see us reborn

Instead of looking at ourselves, we tend to look at others, at their sins, and to talk about them

We must not be afraid to contemplate the cross as a moment of defeat, of failure

Pope To Youth: Jesus doesn't want you on the bench, He asks you to go out to the world

The profession of faith in Jesus Christ cannot stop at words, but must be authenticated by concrete choices and gestures, by a life sealed with the love of God and neighbor

The worst kind of slavery is that of one's Ego

Jesus always acts with discretion. He does not want to impress people

Do not be deaf or silent in the face of suffering

Discern true rest from false rest

Make an examination of conscience everyday

Be vigilant so that our way of thinking and acting is not polluted…by vanity, greed, pride

AUG 2018

God is calling on families 'to participate' in His dream

JUL 2018

Don't waste food, don’t be indifferent to the world's cry of hunger

JUN 2018

Forgiveness, prayer, and love for those who seek to destroy us is the path Jesus has laid out for us

If you want to destroy institutions or people, you start by speaking ill of them. This is the “slanderous communication”

The Kingdom of God grows by its own power; mysteriously

Exploiting women is a sin against God

Migration can enrich society

Just as we should never think that we know everything, we should never fear to try to learn more

Jesus desires reconciliation

Christians must pursue the path of true life, true love, true wealth

Envy and jealousy for someone else’s goodness and good works can lead to false accusations.

God’s love has no need for words but for concrete gestures.

Christian memory is the salt of life. Remember your first encounter with Jesus; and those who transmitted the faith to us.

Only the Eucharist satisfies hearts

Overcome silent collusion

Eucharist burns away selfish attitudes

the Devil is behind every persecution

APR, MAY 2018

Let yourselves be shaped by the Spirit

Reject worldly patterns of behaviour that take away our freedom.

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.

Without love, the Church cannot grow, and is transformed into an empty institution, made up of appearances and actions without fecundity.

Evangelization is the Spirit’s work

Sign of Cross — Reminder of Baptism

The Church needs prophets

Follow Jesus out of faith, not self-interest

Christ gives true freedom

Easter joy brings obedience, witness, realism

FEB, MAR 2018

Jesus risks himself in service

Easter Triduum is center of Christian faith

Our Lady is a gift of the Trinity

Jesus calls us with the sweetness and confidence of a Father
(There are no threats in the confessional – only forgiveness)

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.

How is your heart? Is it strong? Does it stay faithful to the Lord, or is it slowly sliding away?

We listen to the Gospel, and we must respond with our lives. (Homily to be brief; well-prepared)

Teach the people to adore in silence

DEC, JAN 2018

Shepherds should show tenderness and closeness of Jesus

There is no humility without humiliation

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.

Pastor’s authority comes from closeness to God and people ‎

Contempt for the weak is work of Satan

Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life

Humanity is precious and sacred to the Lord. Henceforth, to serve human life is to serve God.

All of Mass is important - don’t be late!

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?

Being humble means accepting humiliation like Christ

 

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SOURCE

Pope's Monthly Prayer Intention
December 2018

In the Service of the Transmission of Faith

December 2018. The Pope Video: Let us listen to how others speak and live, and let us communicate the Gospel in such a way that they can receive it in their heart. This way, we can be sure they´ll understand us. Once again, it´s simply a matter of following the example of Jesus Christ, the master of communicating the faith.

“If you want to share your faith through the word, you have to listen much and carefully.

Let us imitate the style of Jesus, who adapted himself to the people He had in front of Him so as to bring God´s love to them."

"Let us pray that people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time, in their dialogue with people´s hearts, and above all, by listening much."

 

Points for Meditation

What is the basis of my faith in God?

What talents do I have that can be shared to transmit faith and glorify the Lord?

What is a place or a person that I encounter lacking in faith and longing for the knowledge and love of our God?

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