You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. That's how prayer works.— Pope Francis
The most off-limits Pope Francis quotes that are glad to read
To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us.
Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.
The perfect family doesn't exist, nor is there a perfect husband or a perfect wife, and let's not talk about the perfect mother-in-law! It's just us sinners. A healthy family life requires frequent use of three phrases: "May I? Thank you, and I'm sorry" and "never, never, never end the day without making peace."
Many powerful people don't want peace because they live off war.
Holiness doesn't mean doing extraordinary things, but doing ordinary things with love and faith.
Life is a journey. When we stop, things don't go right.
Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity.
They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more
Do not give up your dreams of a more just world.
I recognize that globalization has helped many people rise out of poverty, but it has also damned many others to starve to death. It is true that global wealth is growing in absolute terms, but inequalities have also grown and new poverty arisen.
Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.
Wretched are those who are vindictive and spiteful.
True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.
Listen to Jesus and follow him. That's the message of the Transfiguration.
How marvellous it would be if, at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity towards others!
I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.
As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world's problems or, for that matter, to any problems.
Inequality is the root of social evil.
We must overcome...all forms of racism. The problem of intolerance should be dealt with as a whole: every time a minority is persecuted and marginalized...the good of the whole society is in danger.
So many of you have lost everything. I do not know what to tell you. But surely he knows what to tell you! So many of you have lost members of your family. I can only be silent; I accompany you silently, with my heart...
The search for God means having the courage to set out on a risky path, it means following our restless hearts.
The Church in the Philippines is called to acknowledge and combat the causes of the deeply rooted inequality and injustice which mar the face of Filipino society, plainly contradicting the teaching of Christ.
Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey.
A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality.
I replied with another question: 'Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?' We must always consider the person.
Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle;
it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.
Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man.
Like the Good Samaritan, may we not be ashamed of touching the wounds of those who suffer, but try to heal them with concrete acts of love.
Your sins are great? Just tell the Lord: Forgive me, help me to get up again, change my heart!
Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.
Let those desert places in our hearts bloom.
To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person and face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, in the face of Jesus.
On the ordination of women, the church has spoken and said no.
John Paul II, in a definitive formulation said that door is closed.
Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker .
.. the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the homeless and strangers, because we will be judged on this.
One cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life. Those who listen to us and observe us must be able to see in our actions what they hear from our lips, and so give glory to God!
If globalization seeks to bring all of us together, but to do so respecting each person, each individual person's peculiarity, that globalization is good and makes us good and grow and leads to peace.
In the face of so many wounds that hurt us and could lead to a hardness of heart, we are called to dive into the sea of prayer, which is the sea of the boundless love of God, in order to experience his tenderness
Each one of us is called to be an artisan of peace, by uniting and not dividing, by extinguishing hatred and not holding on to it, by opening paths to dialogue and not by constructing new walls!
Advent increases our hope, a hope which does not disappoint. The Lord never lets us down.
We are called to reach out to those who find themselves in the existential peripheries of our societies and to show particular solidarity with the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters: the poor, the disabled, the unborn and the sick, migrants and refugees, the elderly and the young who lack employment.
Let us learn from Christ how to pray, to forgive, to sow peace, and to be near those in need.
Let us never lose hope! God loves us always, even with our mistakes and sins.
If we see someone who needs help, do we stop? There is so much suffering and poverty, and a great need for good Samaritans.
In a very real way, the poor are our teachers.
They show us that people’s value is not measured by their possessions or how much money they have in the bank. A poor person, a person lacking material possessions, always maintains his or her dignity. The poor can teach us much about humility and trust in God.
Too often we participate in the globalization of indifference.
May we strive instead to live global solidarity.
Dear young people, please, don’t be observers of life, but get involved.
Jesus did not remain an observer, but he immersed himself. Don’t be observers, but immerse yourself in the reality of life, as Jesus did.
To all people of good will who are working for social justice: never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity!
This is precisely the reason for the dissatisfaction of some, who end up sad - sad priests - in some sense becoming collectors of antiques or novelties, instead of being shepherds living with 'the odor of the sheep.' This I ask you: Be shepherds, with the 'odor of the sheep,' make it real, as shepherds among your flock, fishers of men.
Miracles happen. But prayer is needed! Prayer that is courageous, struggling and persevering, not prayer that is a mere formality.
Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.
Once capital becomes an idol and guides people's decisions, once greed for money presides over the entire socioeconomic system, it ruins society, it condemns and enslaves men and women, it destroys human fraternity, it sets people against one another and it even puts at risk our common home.
The culture of comfort, which makes us think only of ourselves, makes us insensitive to the cries of other people.
I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.
Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity
God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.