Friday, March 15, 2013

Pope Francis' first messages

Pope Francis during his first, unscripted, improvised homily

Newly-elected Pope Francis spoke in a homily to the cardinals who elected him, and the next day he spoke to them again informally, and these are a few phrases that he shared, without any comments:
Walking: our life is a journey and when we stop, there is something wrong. We have to walk always, in the presence of the Lord, in the light of the Lord,.....Let us continue to build the Church, with living stones, anointed by the Holy Spirit, the cornerstone of which is the same Lord......We can walk as much we want, we can build many things, but if we do not confess Jesus Christ, nothing will avail. When one does not walk, one stalls. When one does not built on solid rocks, what happens? It’s what happens to children on the beach when they make sand castles: everything collapses, it is without consistency. Whoever does not pray to God, prays to the devil. When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the devil. But remember that in walking, in building, in professing, there are sometimes shake-ups, some bumps - there are movements that are not part of the path: there are movements that pull us back. 

Pope Francis giving his blessing at the end of his first Mass
When we walk without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, and when we profess Christ without the Cross, we are not disciples of the Lord. We are worldly, we are bishops, priests, cardinals, Popes, but not disciples of the Lord.
Let us never give in to the pessimism, to that bitterness, that the devil places before us every day. Let us not give into pessimism and discouragement. We are in old age. Old age is the seat of wisdom, and like good wine that becomes better with age, let us pass on to young people the wisdom of life.

Pope Francis’ initial actions suggest he will bring a new style to the papacy, favoring humility and simplicity over pomp and grandeur.

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