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SO VERY MERCIFUL

[In the story of the Samaritan woman] the Gospel says that the disciples; marveled that their Master was speaking to this woman. But the Lord is greater than prejudice, which is why he was not afraid to address the Samaritan woman: mercy is greater than prejudice. We must learn this well! Mercy is greater than prejudice, and Jesus is so very merciful, very! ---Angelus, March 23, 2014

REFLECTION: In this story, the disciples marvel at their Master. Do you ever marvel at your Master? What characteristics do you value about Jesus? How have these affected your life? How can you take on these characteristics yourself?

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MISSIONARY DISCIPLES

Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who as truly experienced God's saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Jesus Christ: we no longer say that we are "disciples" and "missionaries," but rather that we are always "missionary disciples". --- Evangelii Gaudium

REFLECTION: There are many examples in Scripture of people who experience the mercy of God and then turn to share this mercy with others --- The Samaritan woman and St. Paul are two examples. Have you seen this in your own life? How can you more deeply experience the mercy of God so that you can give it to others more richly?

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MISSIONARY ENTERPRISE

A rare missionary .... senses Jesus alive with him in the midst of the missionary enterprise. Unless we see him present at the heart of our missionary commitment, our enthusiasm soon wanes as we are no longer sure of what it is that we are handing on; we lack vigor and passion. A person who is not convinced, enthusiastic, certain, and in love, will convince nobody.

REFLECTION: Are you an enthusiastic witness for Jesus? What holds you back? What robs you of your passion?

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PERCEIVE ALL OF HIS WARMTH

[The gift of wisdom] comes from intimacy with God, from the intimate relationship we have with God, from the relationship children have with there Father. And when we have this relationship, the Holy Spirit endows us with the gift of wisdom. When we are in communion with the Lord, the Holy Spirit transfigures our heart and enables it to perceive all of his warmth and predilection. --- General Audience, April 9, 2014

REFLECTION: Our lives and habits change when we experience the mercy of God more intimately. What's one way that you can have a deeper experience with God this week?

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MARY'S FAITH

The journey of faith thus passes through the Cross. Mary understood this from the beginning, when Herod sought to kill the newborn Jesus. But then this experience of the Cross became deeper when Jesus was rejected.

Mary was always with Jesus, she followed Jesus in the midst of the crowds, and she heard all the gossip and the nastiness of those who opposed the Lord. And she carried this cross! Mary's faith encountered misunderstanding and contempt. When Jesus' "hour" came, the hour of his passion....Mary's faith was a little flame burning in the night, a little light flickering in the darkness. --- Address, October 12, 2013

REFLECTION: Imagine the scene of Jesus' passion throughout the eyes of Mary. What did she see? What was she thinking? How did she love those in the crowd, even in this moment? How can this help you learn to love others too?

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No Peace Without Truth

Francis of Assisi tells us we should work to build peace. But there is no true peace with out truth! There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone can always claim exclusively his own rights, without at the saem time caring for the good of others, of everyone, on the basis of the nature that unites every human being on this earth. -- Address, March 22, 2013

Reflection: where can you find the truth that can give you peace? Take time to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Make it a New Year's resolution to read just one paragraph each day in the coming year. His truth will bring you peace!

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The Gospel of Life

Feast of the Holy Innocents

[There] is the idea that rejecting God, the message of Christ, the Gospel of Life, will somehow lead to freedom, to complete human fulfillment. As a result, the Living God is replaced by fleeting human idols, which offer the intoxication of a flash of freedom but in the end bring new forms of slavery and death. --- Homily June 16, 2013

Reflection: In you life, where are you tempted to choose death over life? Where do you choose selfishness over the gift of self? Make it a priority to give of yourself in a true and meaningful way to others this week.

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The New Things Of God

You see, the new things of God are not like the novelties of this world, all of which are temporary; they come and go, and we keep looking for more. The new things which God gives to our lives are lasting, not only in the future, when we will be with him, but today as well.

God is even now making all things new; the Holy Spirit is truly transforming us, and through us, he also wants to transform the world in which we live. --- Homily, Holy Mass With the Rite of Confirmation, April 28, 2013

Reflection: What temporary things in life do you hold on to? Where is God asking you to move on or let go? How can you release these things in your heart and invite the Holy Spirit to give you something greater and lasting?

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The Blood of the Martyrs

Feast of St. Stephen

"If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together" (1 Corinthians 12:26). This is a law of the Christian life, and in this sense we can say that there is also an ecumenism of suffering, just as the blood of the martyrs was a seed of strength and fertility for the Church, so too the sharing of daily sufferings can become an effective instrument of unity. --- Address, May 10, 2013

Reflection: The martyrs of the Church show us how to embrace suffering for the faith. Where is God calling you to suffer? How can this suffering help you to be unified with others? Find time to hear someone else's struggles, and make a point to pray for them.

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God Has A Real Face

After Jesus has come into the world, it is important to act as if we do not know God, or as if he were something that is abstract, empty, a purely nominal reference. No, God has a real face, he has a name: God is mercy. God is faithfulness, he is life which is given to us all. --- Angelus Address, August 11, 2013.

Reflection: What does the gift of Christmas mean to you? How does Jesus' birth make your faith more real and more human? Celebrate the joy of his arrival.

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This Is Interesting: God Is Joyful

God is joyful! This is interesting: God is joyful! And what is the joy of God? The joy of God is forgiving, the joy of God is forgiving! The joy of a shepherd who finds his little lamb; the joy of a woman who finds her coin; it is the joy of a father welcoming home the son who was lost; who was as though dead and has come back to life, who has come home. Here is the entire Gospel! Here! The whole Gospel, all of Christianity is here!

But make sure that it is not sentiment; it is not being a "do-gooder! On the contrary, mercy is the true force that can save man and the world from the 'cancer' that is sin, moral evil, spiritual evil. Only love fills the void, the negative chasms that evil opens in hearts and in history. Only love can do this, and this is God's joy! --- Angelus Address, September 15, 2013.

Reflection: God wants to forgive you. He wants you to know his mercy and to give this mercy to others How can your life better reflect this reality? Do you need to go to confession more frequently? Do you need to more readily forgive others? Ask God what he wants you to do with this great gift of mercy.

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The Logic of the Gospel

Jesus' disciple renounces all his possessions because in Jesus he has found the greatest Good in which every other good receives its value and meaning: family ties, other relationships, work cultural and economic goods and so forth ....

The Christian detaches him- or herself from all things and rediscovers all things in the logic of the Gospel, the logic of love and of service.

Reflection: Take a moment to think about your own logic of love and service toward family, work and your possessions. Do you value Jesus the most? Do you make the logic of the Gospel a priority?

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Mutated Hearts

Love is the greatest power for the transformation of reality because it pulls down the walls of selfishness and fills the ditches that keep us apart. This is the love that comes from a mutated heart, from a heart of stone that has been turned into a heart of flesh, a human heart. --- Address, June 17, 2013

Reflection: Reflect on your on heart. What parts of it are stony what parts are mutated? Where dow you need healing so that you can better love others?

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Proof That God Is Not With Him

Humility is what gives assurance that the Lord is there. When someone is self-sufficient, when he has all the answers to every question, it is proof that God is not with him. --- On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the 21st Century

Reflection: Is. Ignatius of Loyola once said, "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.:" Where is God calling you to trust more in Him? Where is he calling you to work harder? Ask for the grace to live out this balance.

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He Always Makes Himself Heard

Jesus does not always pass in our life with a miracle [even though] ... he always makes himself heard. Always. And when the Lord passes [by], what happened here [the miraculous catch of fish by Peter, James and John] always occurs. He tells us something, he makes us understand something, then he says a word to us which is a promise; he asks something of us in our way of life, he asks us to give up something, to renounce something.

And he then gives us a mission. --- Homily, Domus Sanctae Marthae, September 5, 2013

Reflection: Where is God making himself heard in your life? What i he asking you to give up or renounce? What mission is he calling you on? Re-commit yourself to what he is telling you. Double your efforts to respond to the Lord's call.

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Always Have Faith

Today's Readings

Judges: 13:2-7, 24-25A
Responsorial Psalm: My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory!.
Luke 1:5-25

Reflection for Today

In both the first reading and the Gospel, we see two examples of barren women, who conceived through a miracle. In the Gospel, Zechariah became mute because he had doubt and was hesitant to believe the angel Gabriel. God sends a clear message here, to always have faith, even when things seem hopeless and unlikely.

We are fortunate to be serving a mission that welcomes life. We see a lot of beautiful babies born and it is clear that they are pure gifts from God.

Prayer for Today

Today let us pray for all married couples who are struggling to conceive, that they may find consolation and hope in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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To Become Incarnate

[Jesus] seems to show no mercy to those who have taken ... the reality of a God who is close, God who is walking with his people, who became man ... and distilled it along with their many traditions and people. Indeed, Jesus will accuse these people of being proselytizers, of proselytizing. They go halfway around the world to look for someone to proselytize, and then they burden them with all their laws and precepts. They alienate people ...

Jesus taught us another way that going out -- going out to give witness, going out to take a concern for brothers and sisters, going out to share, going out to inquire. To become Incarnate. --- Only Love Can Save Us, Homily, September 2, 2012

Reflection: What is the difference between someone who makes Jesus into just an idea versus someone who shares the faith by going out and encountering others? What do their lives look like: How can you avoid making Jesus into a set of rules, and instead let him be as he is, a reality?

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May His Mercy Enter

Let us ask Jesus now for the grace toopen our hearts so that his mercy may enter. Let's say, "Yes, Lord, I am a sinner. I am a sinner because of this and because of that. Come, come and justify me before the Father." --- Only Love Can Save Us, Homily, September 24, 2011

Reflection: An examination of conscience is a beautiful tradition in the Church. Find a guide to this practice in a book, online, or at your parish, and use it each day this week. See if it helps you draw near to Jesus.

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He Has Been Tempted as We Are

How many difficulties are present in the life of every individual, among our people, in our communities'; yet as great as these may seem, God never allows us to be overwhelmed by the. In the face of these moments of discouragement we experience in life, in our efforts to evangelize or to embody our faith as parents within the family, I would like to say forcefully: Always know in your heart that God is by your side; he never abandons you! ]

Let us never lose hope! Let us never allow it to die in our hearts. --- Homily, World Youth Day, July 24, 2013

Reflection: Where do you feel overwhelmed or discouraged: Scripture says that "we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning: (Hebrews 4:15). Talk to Jesus about the challenges you face, knowing that he went through many trials himself.

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Where Is Grace Sold?

Is there any of you who knows what grace costs? Where grace is sold? Where I can purchase grace? No one can answer: no. Do I go to buy it from the parish office: perhaps graces is sold there? Does some priest sell grace?

Listen to this carefully: Graces is neither bought or sold: it is a gift of God in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ gives us grace. He is the only one who gives us grace. It is a present: he is offering it to us, to us. Let us accept it. --- Address, June 17, 2103

Reflection: In order to receive God's grace, we must make room for Jesus in our heart, letting him become more as we become less. But how do we accept God's grace? The sacrament are one means -- we receive God's very self in the Eucharist, and we are forgiven by Christ himself in the sacrament of Penance.

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Not Decorating Life with a Little Religion

Jesus says to his disciples: "Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division." (Luke 12:51). What does thsi mean? It means that faith is not a decorative or ornamental element: living faith does not mean decorating life with a little religion, as if it were a cake and we were decorating it with cream.. No, this is not faith.

Faith means choosing God as the criterion and basis of life --- and God is not empty, God is not neutral, God is always positive, god is love, and love is positive! --- Angelus address, August 11, 2013

Reflection: In this season of Advent, consider those areas in which you faith is merely ornamental. How can you make God the basis of your life, and not just something decorative? Cut out the things that only distract or take away from your focus on him.

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Contemplate Beauty and Goodness

But then we wonder: Is this the world in which we are living? Creation retains its beauty, which fills us with awe, and it remains a good work. But there is also "violence, division, disagreement, war". This occurs when man, the summit of creation, stops contemplating beauty and goodness, and withdraws into his own selfishness. --- Vigil of Prayer for Peace, Sept. 7, 2013

Reflection: Take some time this week to contemplate God's beauty and goodness. Go on a hike. Take a drive in a scenic area. Be filled with awe. Contemplate beauty.

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The Highways of Our Lives

This evening I would like a question to resound in the heart of each one of you, and I would like you to answer it honestly. Have I considered which idol lies hidden in my life that prevents me from worshiping the Lord? Worshiping is stripping ourselves of our idols, even the most hidden ones, and choosing the Lord as the center, as the highway of our lives.

Reflection: Take some time to think about Pope Francis; question: Have you considered which idol lies hidden in your life that prevents you from worshiping the Lord?

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Entrusting the Church to the Lord

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

To pray for the Church will do us good, and it will benefit the Church; it will bring great peace in us; it may not remove our trials, fut it will make us strong. Thus, let us beg for this grace to have the habit of entrusting the Church to the Lord. -- Homily, Domus Sanctae Marthae, April 30, 2013.

Reflection: What can you do to lift up your parish, religious sisters and brothers, your pastor, bishop, and pope in prayer? Can you add them to your intentions each day? Be at peace knowing they are in the Lord's hands.

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He Pitched His Tent Among Us

God came out of himself to come among us, he pitched his tent among us to bring to us his mercy that saves and gives hope.Nor must we be satisfied with staying in the pen of the ninety-nine sheep, if we want to follow him and to remain with him; we, too, must "go out" with him to seek the lost sheep, the one that has strayed the furthest. Be suer to remember: coming out of ourselves, just as Jesus, just as God came out of himself in Jesus and Jesus camout out of himself for all of us. -- General Audience, March 27, 2013

Reflection: The Letter to the Philippians speaks of Jesus emptying himself for us and becoming a servant (See Philippians 2:5-8), What can you learn from Christ's example? How is he asking you to come out of yourself for the sake of others?

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He Shares In Our Journey

Jesus .. gives himself to us in the Eucharist, shares in our journey, indeed he makes himself food, the true food that sustains our life also in moments when the road becomes hard going and obstacles slow our steps. And in the Eucharist, the Lord, makes us walk on his road, that of service, of sharing, of giving; and if it is shared, that little we have, that little we are, becomes riches, for the power of God -- which is the power of love -- comes down into our poverty to transform it. --- Homily, May 30, 2013

Reflection: Pray in front of the Eucharist for fifteen minutes this week. Ask God to transform you through this great sacrament.

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That Is What God Is Like

God does not wait for us to go to him, but it is he who moves toward us, without calculation, without quantification. That is what God is like. He always takes the first step; he comes toward us. -- General Audience, March 27, 2013

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That Is What God Is Like

God does not wait for us to go to him, but it is he who moves toward us, without calculation, without quantification. That is what God is like. He always takes the first step; he comes toward us. -- General Audience, March 27, 2013

Reflection: Where is God calling you to be like him and to take the first step toward others? Do you need to reconcile with someone? Do you need to show an act of kindness to someone in your life?

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Mary Knew How To Listen

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Mary knew how to listen to God. Be careful: it was not merely "hearing," a superficial word, but it was "listening," that consists of attention, acceptance, and availability to God. It was not in the distracted way with which we sometimes face the Lord or others: we hear their words, but we do not really listen. Mary is attentive to God. She listens to God. --- Address, May 31, 2013

Reflection: Mary listened attentively to the angel Gabriel when she was asked to be the mother of God. Attentive to the needs of her cousin Elizabeth, she went to her when Elizabeth needed help. She contemplated the events of the Nativity in her heart What can you learn from Mary's witness? How does God want you to live this out this season of Advent?

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The Latest Smartphone

Some will say: Joy is born from possessions, so they go in quest of the latest mode of the smartphone, the fastest scooter, the showy car...but I tell you, it truly grieves me to see a priest or a sister with the latest model of a car: but this cant be! It can't be. You think: "So, do we now have to go by bicycle, Father? Bicycles are good! Monsignor Alfred rides a bicycle. He goes by bike.

I think that cars are necessary because there is so much work to be done, and also in order to get about .. but choose a more humble car! And if you like the beautiful one, only think of all the children who are dying of hunger. --- Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013

Reflection: Scripture says, "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Luke 12:34). What is your ultimate treasure, and where is your heart right now?

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You Are Important To Me

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True joy does not come from things or from possessing, no! It is born from the encounter, from the relationship with others; it is born from feeling accepted, understood, and loved, and from accepting, from felling understand and from lvoing; and this is not because of a passing fancy but because the other is a person.

Joy is born from the gratuitousness of the encounter! It is hearing someone say :"This is beautiful....And it is these very words that God makes us understand. In calling you, God says to you: "You are important to me, I love you. I am counting on you." Jesus says this to each one of us! Joy is born from that! --- Homily, To Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013


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Do Not Be Afraid

You were also talking about hte fragility of faith, about how to overcome it. The worst enemy of a fragile faith --- curious, isn't it -- is fear. Do not be afraid! We are frail and we know it, but he is stronger! If you walk with him, there is no problem! A child is very frail -- I have seen many children today --- but if they're with the father, with their mother, they are safe. With the Lord we are safe. -- Address Vigil of Pentecost With the Ecclesial Movements, May 18, 2013

Reflection: What do you fear? What keeps you up at night? Ask God to replace your fears with the joy of knowing his presence.

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Earthly Pilgrimage

Let us ask the Lord always to direct our minds and hearts to him, as living stones of the Church, so that all that we do , our whole Christian life, may be a luminous witness to his mercy and love. In this way we will make our way toward the goal of our earthly pilgrimage, toward that extremely beautiful shrine, the heavenly Jerusalem. -- Homily, Holy Mass with the Rite of Confirmation, April 28, 2013

Reflection: What path are you walking on? Are others able to see this path -- for good or ill -- through your example?

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Who Is Against Us

Even though it seems today that death in its various forms prevails, that history is governed by the rule of the strongest (or the cleverest), and that hatred and ambition are the driving forces behind so much human strife, we are also utterly convinced that this sorry situation ultimately can and must change, because "If God is for us, who is against us?" (Romans 8:31) --- Only Love can save us, Letter to the Priests, Religious and Faithful of Buenos Aries, Oct.1, 2012

Reflection: When faced with the attitudes and actions of hatred and ambition, are you tempted to fight back with evil Do you sometimes despair? Talk with God about the times you feel helpless. Reflect on the times in Scripture when situations seemed dire or hopeless. Ask God to see the world through his eyes and in his presence.

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You Don't Need Anything Else

What must we do, Father? Look, read the Beatitudes; that will do you good. If you want to know what you actually have to do, read Matthew, Chapter 25, which is the standard by which we will be judged. With these two things, you have the action plan: the Beatitudes and Matthew 25. You do not need to read anything else. --- Address, World Youth Day, July 25, 2013

Reflection: Read the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12 and the Last Judgment scene in Matthew 25:31-46. Wht stood out o you? What spoke to your life right now? Make a resoltuion to try to live out your insight this month.

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Cultivate the Contemplative Dimension

If we look toward Jesus, we see that prior to any important decision or event he recollected himself in intense and prolonged prayer. Let us cultivate the contemplative dimension, even amid the whirlwind of more urgent and heavy duties. And the more the mission calls you to go out to the margins of existence, let your heart be the more closely united to Christ's heart, full of mercy and love. -- Homily, Mass with Seminarians and Novices, July 7, 2013

Reflection: What important decisions are before you right now? How can you draw closer to Jess as you sort things out? Take time as you wake , in your prayer, in your thoughts through the day, and before bed to ask God to guide your path.

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Don't Be Distracted

I would tell the people of today to seek the experience of entering into the intimacy of their hearts, to know the experience, the face of God. That is why I love what Job says after his difficult experience and the dialogues that did not help him in any way: "By hearsay I have heard of you, but now my eye has seen you" (Job 42:5)

What I tell people is not to know God only by hearing. The Living God is he that you may see with your eyes within your hearts. --- On Heaven and Hearth: Pope Francis of Faith, Family, and the Church in the 21st Century

Reflection: Where have you seen God in the past? How do you experience him today? Find extra time this week to seek the face of God. Perhaps schedule a retreat -- even just an afternoon -- to spend more time with him

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Even If We Observe All of His Precepts

If in our heart there is no mercy, no joy of forgiveness, we are not in communion with God, weven if we observe all of his precepts, fo it is love that saves, not the practice of precepts alone. It is love of God and neighbor that brings fulfillment to all the commandments. And this is the love of God, his joy: forgiveness. He waits for us always! Maybe someone has some heaviness in his heart: "But, I did this, I did that..." He expects you! He is your father: he waits for you always! -- Angelus Address, September 15, 2013

Reflection: It is good to do the right thing, but ultimately God wants your heart. Think about the upcoming week. Where is God Calling you not only to do the right thing but to do it with love as well?

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Not a Cultural Organization

We can do all the social work we like, and people can say; "How good the Church is, what good social wok the Church does!" But if we say we do this because those people are the flesh of Christ, it gives rise to a scandal....

The Church is not a cultural or religious organization, nor is it a social one; it is not this. The Church is the family of Jesus. The Church confesses that Jesus is the Son of God who came in flesh. This is the scandal, and this is why the persecuted Jesus....If we become merely reasonable, social and charitable Christians, what will the consequence be? That we will never have martyrs....

[But when we say] the Son of God Came and became flesh, when we preach the scandal of the Cross, there will be persecution, there will be the Cross. [Do not] be ashamed of living with this scandal of the Cross. --- Homily, Domus Sanctae Marthae, June 1, 2013

Reflection: What is the difference between someone who lives a cultural faith and someone who confesses that Jesus is the Son of God who came in the flesh? How would they talk and live differently? If someone witnessed your life, what would they say about you?

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Illusion of Happiness

Jesus is all mercy. Jesus is all love: he is God made man. Each of us, each one of us, is that little lost lamb, the coin that was mislaid, such one of us is that son who has squandered his freedom on false idols, illusions of happiness, and has lost everything. But God does not forget us; the Father never abandons us. He is a patient father, always waiting for us! He respects our freedom, but he remains faithful forever.

And when we come back to him, he welcomes us like children into his house, for he never ceases, not for one instant, to wait for us with love. And his heart rejoices over every child who returns. He is celebrating because he is joy. God has this joy, when on of us sinners goes to him and asks his forgiveness. -- Angelus Address, September 5, 2013

Reflection: Consider the times that God has rescued you from your sin -- in your childhood, in your adolescence, in your adulthood. Thank him for the grace you have received, and think about the aspects of your life that still need to return to him.

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I Don't Have Time

Someone might say to me: "But, Father, I don't have time," "I have so many things to do," "It's difficult," "What can I do with my feebleness and my sins, with so many things?" We are often satisfied with a few prayers , with a distracted and sporadic participation in Sunday Mass, with a few charitable acts; but we do not have the courage "to come out" to bring Christ to others. -- General Audience, March 27, 2013

Reflection: Our understanding of time is relative to our desires. We don't have time for many important things, but we are distracted by trivial forms of media that waste our time and don't fulfill us. Where do you need to make time for God? Where does he want you to serve?



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He Asked for Nothing

God thinks like the Samaritan who did not pass by the unfortunate man, pitying him or looking at him from the other side of the road, but helped him without asking for anything in return, without asking whether he was a Jew, a pagan, or a Samaritan, whether he was rich or poor; he asked for nothing. He went to help him: God is like this. God thinks like the shepherd who lays down his life in order to defend and save his sheep. -- General Assembly, March 27, 2013

Reflection: How does God exceed our understanding of love and forgiveness> In what ways have you seen him go above and beyond your expectations to help you? How can you live out this model of mercy?

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Absurd Dichotomy

The great Paul VI said: It is an absurd dichotomy to wish to live with Jesus but without the Church, to follow Jesus but without the Church, to love Jesus but without the Church (cf. Evangelii Nuntiandi, n. 16). And that Mother Church, who gives us Jesus also gives us an identity which is not simply a rubber stamp: it is membership. Identity means membership, belonging. Belonging to the Church: this is beautiful! --- Homily, April 23, 2013

Reflection: Jesus established the Kingdom of God here on earth in the form of the Church (see Matthew 16:12-20). How does believing in both Jesus and his Church shape your life What does it mean for you to belong to this Church, this Kingdom?

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Proclaim the Gospel - This Includes You

Jesus did not say: "Go if you would like to, if you have the time." but he said: "Go and make disciples of all nations." Sharing the experience of faith, bearing witness to the faith, proclaiming the Gospel: this is the command that the Lord entrusts to the whole Church, and that includes you. -- Homily, World Youth Day, Closing Mass, July 28, 2013

Reflection: What excuses do you make in order to avoid sharing your faith with others? How is the Lord calling you to make disciples?

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How Can We Let Jesus Out?

But ask yourselves this question:How often is Jesus inside and knocking at the door to be let out, to come out: And we do not let him out because of our own need for security, because so often we are locked into ephemeral structures that serve solely to make us slaves and not children of God. --- Address, Vigil of Pentecost with the Ecclesial Movements, May 18, 2013

Reflection: Where do you turn for comfort? How can you move beyond comfort to seek out the plan Jesus has for you? How can you let Jesus out?

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Does the Truth Really Exist?

We are living in an age in which people are rather skeptical of truth. Benedict XVI has frequently spoken of relativism -- that is, of the tendency to consider nothing definitive and to think that truth comes from consensus or from something we like.

The question arises: Does "the" truth really exist? What is "the" truth? Can we know it? Can we find it? ... It is the Holy Spirit himself, the gift of the Risen Christ, who make us recognize the Truth. --- General Assembly, May 15, 2013

Reflection: Have you found it difficult to trust in truth in a culture of relativism? What helps you hold fast to the truth? In what situations are you tempted to relativize? Invite the Holy Spirit to be with you, to go with you, and to help you recognize truth.

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Parresia

We must pray with parresia -- with courage, boldness, and confidence. We cannot sit still afgter having prayed once. True Christian intercession consists of insisting to the very end.--- Only Love Can Save Us, letter to Priests and Religious, July 29, 2007

Reflection: What are you praying for right now? Take up the pope's challenge and pray with greater boldness and consistency.

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Parresia

We must pray with parresia -- with courage, boldness, and confidence. We cannot sit still afgter having prayed once. True Christian intercession consists of insisting to the very end.--- Only Love Can Save Us, letter to Priests and Religious, July 29, 2007

Reflection: What are you praying for right now? Take up the pope's challenge and pray with greater boldness and consistency.

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The God-Money Idol

God did not want an idol to be at the center of the world but man, men and women who would keep the world going with their work. Yet now, in this system devoid of ethics, at the center there is an idol, and the world has become an idolater of this "god-money". Moeny is in command! Money lays down the law! It orders all these things that are useful to it, this idol.

And what happens? To defend this idol, all crowd to the center, and those on the margins are done down, the elderly fall away, because there is not room for them in this world! --- Address, Meeting with workers, Sept 22, 2013

Reflection: Where do you see this "god-money" as an idol in our culture? How does it become an idol in your own life? What's one practical step you can take to fight against this idol during the upcoming week?

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Communion of Saints

Be aware of the companionship of the whole Church and also the communion of the saints on this mission. When we face challenges together, then we are strong; we discover resources we did not know we had, Jesus did not call the apostles to live in isolation; he called them to form a group, a community. --- Homily, World Youth Day, Closing Mass, July 28, 2013

Reflection: Have you chosen a saint to be a friend, patron, model and intercessor for you? Learn more about that saint this week, and ask him or her to help you with specific challenges your're facing now.

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11/13/18 8:02 A

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How Beautiful It Is

There is no time to be lost in gossip, there is no need to wait for everyone's concensus; what is necessary is to go out and proclaim. To all people you bring the peace of Christ, and if they do not welcome it, you go ahead just the same. To the sick you bring healing, because God wants to heal ma of every evil.

How many missionaries do this! They sow life, health, comfort to the outskirts of the world. How beautiful it is! Do not life for yourselves, do not live for yourselves, but live to go forth and do good! --- Angelus address, July 7, 2013

Reflection: On a practical level, what does it look like in your everyday life when you live for others and not for yourself? Where are you moving forward in regard to leaving selfishness behind? Don't let anything hold you back --- bring the Gospel to others.

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11/12/18 8:06 A

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Lord of Consolation

Do not be afraid, because the Lord is the Lord of consolation, he is the Lord of tenderness. The Lord is a Father, and he says that he will be for us like a mother with her baby, with a mother's tenderness. Do not be afraid of the consolations of the Lord. --- Homily, June 29, 2013

Reflection: Where do you need to be consoled? Talk to God about the trials and difficulties in your life.

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He Sees His Son From Afar

I am always struck when I reread the parable of the merciful Father (Luke 15:11-32)... And the Father/ Had he forgotten the son? No, never. He is there, he sees the son from afar, he was waiting for him every hour of every day; the son was always in his father's heart, even though he had left him, even though he had squandered his whole inheritance, his freedom.

The Father, with patience, love hope, and mercy, had never for a second stopped thinking about him, and as soon as he sees him still far off, he runs out to meet him and embraces him with tenderness. -- Homily, Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013

Reflection: Think about a time you committed a sin. How do you thin God look upon you in that moment? How does this compare to the image in the parable of the merciful Father? How does this perspective change the way you ask for mercy and forgiveness?

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11/10/18 8:23 A

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The Lethargy of Good People

Some might say: "But, Father, how can we bring love to a global civilization, which amid its many contradictions, seems to be set on an apocalyptic course? How can we care for life from beginning to end?" The great Pope Pius XI once said something very challenging: "t is not the negative forces of civilization that are the great problem of our time, but rather the lethargy of its good people." -- Only Love Can Save Us, Homily, Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, 2011

Reflection: In what situations are you lethargic? What kees yo from acting? Take a step toward making a difference in this area today

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The Righteous Man Ponders

Instead of thinking about what others may owe us, let's think about what we owe to others. This adds to a person's dignity: the righteous man ponders how he can be even more just. He does so without anyone forcing him. He does it for the honor and the pleasure that comes from being righteous, from giving back what is not his, from offering reparation to those whom he has cheated. --- Only Love Can Save Us, Homily, August 7, 2011

Reflection: The virtue of justice is centered on what we owe others. What do you owe others at home, at work, and in our community? Where are you currently fulfilling your obligations? Where can you improve?

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11/8/18 8:05 A

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Listening Attentively

Listening is not simply hearing. Listening is being attentive. Listening is the desire to understand, to value, to respect, and to save. We must find the means to listen attentively so that each person may speak and find the means to listen attentively so that each person may speak and so that we are aware of what each person wishes to say. --- Only Love Can Save Us, Homily, August 7, 2006

Reflection: Practice truly listening to people. Try to understand where they are coming from and why they feel the way they do. Start by attentively listening to God in prayer ad trying to understand what he says to you.

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The Road We Have Traveled

To remember what God has done and Continues to do for me, for us, to remember the road we have traveled; this is what opens our hearts to hope for the future. May we learn to remember everything that God has done in our lives. -- Homily, Easter Vigil,March 30, 2013

Reflection: Recall what God has done throughout your life. Keep this in mind as you talk to God about his plans for your future.

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11/6/18 8:10 A

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A Race

Man's life on earth is warfare; Job says it, meaning that people are constantly put to the test; that is to say, a test to overcome a situation and overcome oneself. St. Paul took it and applied it to athletes that compete in an arena and who must deny themselves may things in order to achieve success.

The Christian life is also a sort of sport, a struggle, a race where on has to detach oneself from the things that separate us form God. --- On Heaven and Earth; Pope Francis on Faith, Family and the Church in the 21st Century

Reflection: In the First letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul compares the Christians to an athlete competing for a prize (see 1 Cor 9:24-27). What goal are you running toward? Where do you need self-control? How hard are you running?

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