Reflections for our Times — Pope Francis

The vocation of human beings - by Oscar Romero

Tags: Church, Compassion, El Salvador, gospel, Homilies, Justice, Politics, Pope Francis, Romero, solidarity

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD IS A PROCLAMATION OF HUMAN TRANSCENDENCE  Acts 1:1-11 Ephesians 1:17-23 Mark 16:15-20       Dear sisters and brothers, when I was a seminarian I heard a story that comes to mind given the circumstances of today, and I want to share it with you. It was a story about a sailor who was sent to fix something high on the mast; as he climbed high up and looked down at the roiling sea, he became dizzy and was about to fall. When the captain noticed this, he told him, «Young fellow, look upward!» and...

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Forgiveness as a horizon

Tags: Compassion, forgiveness, jesus, love, mercy, Pope Francis, sin, solidarity

What caused most scandal and hostility towards Jesus during his activity in Galilee was his friendship with sinners. Never had anything like it happened in Israel. No prophet had gone to them with an attitude of respect, friendship and sympathy. What Jesus did was unheard of. The impression that John the Baptist had left was very different. John had denounced sinners. He had reminded them of the punishment that awaited them, and had introduced a major rite of purification and penance to free them from sin. His activity did not scandalize anyone. It was what one expected of a prophet,...

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