Friday, October 11, 2013

Pope Francis In His Own Words

Pope Francis In His Own Words

Edited by Julie Schwietert Collazo & Lisa Rogak

Published by New World Library, May 28th, 2013

This book appeared very soon after the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the Papacy, whereupon he took the name Francis. During his time as Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was an outspoken advocate of a living and active Christianity, calling those in his pastoral care to live more Christ-like lives filled with compassion and humanity.

A thoughtful collection of many of Pope Francis' speeches and written comments, there is much food for thought and much to ponder for all Christians in this volume. Challenging, sobering, questioning and inspiring, this is an interesting look at the the new Pope and his teachings to date.

One of my favourites is this quote:

On Giving Money to Beggars
Sometimes I ask someone who is making confession if they give alms to beggars. When they tell me, “Yes,” I ask, “And do you look in the eyes of the person to whom you are giving alms? Do you touch their hand?” And
that’s where they start to get tangled up, because many just throw the money and turn their heads."

It is all too easy to give money, but that is not enough - we need to give of ourselves too, of our compassion, thoughtfulness and kindness to those who are in need.

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