- Jan 22, 2020
“I believe that many Catholics believe themselves to be perfect and despise others. This is sad,” the pope said in an off-the-cuff remark during his weekly general audience. “We who are used to experiencing the forgiveness of sins, perhaps a little too ‘cheaply’, should sometimes remember how much we cost the love of God.”
In his book ‘God’s Gamble: The Gravitational Power of Crucified Love’, Gil Bailie invites his readers to raise the ante and persuade the world that God is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In order to highlight the central role of Christ in history the author draws from the work of the cultural theorist René Girard and the theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar.
Advent is an invitation “to sobriety, to not be dominated by the things of this world, Pope Francis said Nov. 27 in St. Peter’s Square. “If, on the contrary, we are conditioned and overpowered by them, it is not possible to perceive that which is much more important: our final encounter with the Lord.”
“The commemoration of the dead has a dual meaning,” Francis said Nov. 2. “Sadness mixes with hope, and this is what we all feel today in this celebration. The memory of our loved ones, in front of their remains, and hope.”
Speaking on Monday to members of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate, also called “Pallottines” after their founder, St. Vincent Pallotti, Pope Francis said, “Contemplating the life of Jesus and looking at our life as pilgrims in this world with so many challenges, we feel the need of a profound conversion.”