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Youthful, Searching Heart Fans Flame of Love. Pope Francis. Set 1, 2017

Youthful, Searching Heart Fans Flame of Love.............





Pope Francis invited the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday to have a youthful, searching heart, one full of desire for life and happiness.



It is this restless heart, he said, which allows one to come to Jesus. Reflecting on the call of the first disciples, the Pope said, “Jesus appears in the Gospels as an expert on…

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Thought for the Day: Be Creative. Pope Francis. August 4, 2017

Be Creative............



Pope Francis has sent a message to an International Catechetical Symposium which is taking place at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires, and has as its theme “blessed are those who believe”. In the message to the symposium, the Holy Father points out that “being a catechist is a vocation of service in the Church, that has been received as a gift from the Lord and must…

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Jesus not only Sows the Seed, He'll Pull the Thorns. Pope Francis, July 25, 2017

Jesus not only Sows the Seed, He’ll Pull the Thorns.......



Pope Francis said that in the parable of the seed and the sower Jesus invites us to reclaim the ‘soil’ of our hearts by bringing to him, in prayer and Confession, the stones and thorns in need of healing. Jesus invites us today to look inward: to give thanks for our good ground and to work on the ground not yet good. Let us ask ourselves if our heart is open to…

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How to Face Life's Difficulties. Pope Francis. July 11, 2017

How to Face Life's Difficulties.......



Pope Francis explained that God understands that life is hard, but at the same time, invites people not to remain stuck in the difficulties and problems that afflict the heart.



Many times, when faced with one of life's burdens or a situation that causes us pain, we try to talk to someone who listens to us, with a friend or an expert... Though this does a lot…

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Let Yourself be Shaken by the Holy Spirit. Pope Francis. May 30, 2017

Let yourself be Shaken by the Holy Spirit........



Pope Francis emphasized that if one does not listen to the Holy Spirit, his or her heart is both cold and closed.



"Let yourself be shaken by the Holy Spirit: 'Eh, I felt this…  But Father, isn’t that being sentimental?' - No, it may be, but no. If you're on the right track, you're not being sentimental. 'I felt the urge to do this, to go to visit…

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A Costly Mistake. May 27, 2017

A Costly Mistake.........

O Lord, let me suffer anything rather than hurt others.


An intern's refusal to treat a 62 year old man was termed a "mistake" when the man died two days later. The deceased, refused admission to the hospital, was found dead in his bedroom, An autopsy showed the right side of his chest was filed with pus and the right lung was…
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God is Moved by our Sadness and Disappointment. Pope Francis. May 22, 2017

God is Moved by our Sadness and Disappointment, and Says our Name......





Pope Francis continued his weekly catechetical cycle on hope, this time centered on Mary Magdalene, the first person to see the risen Jesus. She had approached the tomb very depressed because she thought that the corpse had been stolen. Then, Jesus appeared to her. 



"How beautiful to think that the first appearance of the…

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Pope Francis in Fatima. May 16, 2017

Pope Francis in Fatima: God is not a ruthless judge restrained by Mary's arm



Pope Francis walked the Sanctuary's esplanade  to the "Capelinha", occasionally stopping to greet the young pilgrims or to collect their letters.



However, the festive atmosphere was instantly transformed as soon as the Pope sat in silence to pray before the image of Our Lady. The esplanade went quiet to accompany him in…

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Faith is Concrete because God became Man. Pope Francis . April 25, 2017

Faith is Concrete because God Became Man.........



Pope Francis spoke about the importance and concreteness of the faith. He said because God was made man, faith coincides with the strength and freedom given by the Holy Spirit.  
"Sometimes we forget that our faith is concrete: the Word has become flesh, no idea has been made: it has become flesh. When we recite the Creed, we all say concrete things: 'I…
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To Give to Others is to Give Hope. Pope Francis. April 15, 2017

To Give to Others is to Give Hope................



Pope Francis explained the meaning of Holy Week. He remembered that, paradoxically, Jesus was received with much enthusiasm in Jerusalem.



"Many of the people who came with palms to receive him did so with worldly expectations: they looked for miracles, prodigies, the expulsion of invaders. All of this collapsed before the mystery of the cross. We,…

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Take up the Cross and Walk Behind Jesus. April 7, 2017

Take up the Cross and Walk Behind Jesus..........
As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus (Luke 23:26).
When Mark and Matthew describe this scene, they simply say that Simon was pressed  into service to "carry the cross." But…
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Bot my Will but yours be done. April 6, 2017

Not my Will but yours be Done..........
The verdict of Pilate was that their demand should be granted. So he released the man who had been imprisoned for rebellion and murder, for whom they asked, and he handed Jesus over to them to deal with as they wished. (Luke 23:24-25).

Pilate does everything he can to win Jesus' release, short of releasing him. Three…

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My Suffering can have good Effects. April 5, 2017

My Sufferings Can  have Good Effects........
Herod and his soldiers mocked Jesus and treated him with contempt; then they put a fine robe on him and sent him back to Pilate. On that very day Herod and Pilate became friends; before this they had been enemies. 
(Luke 23:11-12)


Herod, frustrated by Jesus' silence, lower himself to join the troops in mocking this…
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God Always loves and Waits for Us, even if we go Astray. Pope Francis. April 3, 2017

God always Loves and Waits for Us, even if We Go Astray............
 
Pope Francis said that one must give up false idols in order to improve his relationship with God. God always waits for people, even when they make…
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The Argument about Greatness. March 27, 2017

The Argument about Greatness.....



An argument broke out among the disciples as to which one of them should be thought of as the greatest. Jesus said to them, "The kings of the pagans have power over their people, and the rulers claim the title "Friends of the People." But this is not the way it is with you; rather, the greatest one among you must be like…
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Jesus is Present and Active among us. March 24, 2017

Jesus is Present and Active among us........

Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and said, "Take this and share it among yourselves; for I tell you that from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes." (Lk 22:17-18).
Normally, participants in the Passover meal drank from their own cups. But at the Last Supper, Jesus has the…
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Confession is Neither a Process, Nor a Dry Cleaner, for One's Conscience. Pope Francis. March 22, 2017

Confession is neither a process, nor a dry cleaner, for one's conscience..........

The Pope spoke about confession. He said that those who see the confessional only as a dry cleaner, to remove stains on their conscience, have not felt shame for their sins. 



"I go there, I say my sins, the priest forgives me, I’m given three Hail Mary’s to pray and I leave in peace.’ You have not understood! You have only gone to…
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It is not easy to do good, we must learn it, always. Pope Francis. March 21, 2017

It’s not easy to do good, we must learn it, always....

Lent's main objective for Christians is to stay away from evil, and learn to do good.--Pope Francis



"It’s not easy to do good: we must learn it, always. And He teaches us. But: Learn. Like children. Along the path of life, of the Christian life one learns every day. You have to learn every day to…

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Sin is Like a Slap to God. Pope Francis. March 14, 2017

 Sin is Like a Slap to God........



The pope visited a church in Rome, and before celebrating Sunday Mass there he stopped to hear the confessions of several people. It was the modern parish of St. Magdalene of Canossa, which, as you can hear, has a well-rehearsed choir.



The pope did not bring a written homily with him, but he delivered a meditation on the story of the Transfiguration…

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Pope Francis: How to Live during Lent. March 10, 2017

How to Live during Lent.......



Pope Francis celebrated the first day of the Lenten season with the pilgrims. He recalled that today, Ash Wednesday, Christians begin their journey towards Easter.  He spoke of the importance of this journey, as it is "a pilgrimage of hope, a season of penance, and spiritual renewal.” By making this commitment to follow Christ more closely over these days, "at Easter, in union with Mary…

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