“People are looking for someone to listen to them. Someone willing to grant them time, to listen to their dramas and difficulties. This is what I call the “apostolate of the ear,” and it is important. Very important. I feel compelled to say to confessors: talk, listen with patience,…
We all must open our doors and go out. Let us ask ourselves, then, what do I do in order to communicate to others the joy of encountering the Lord, the joy of belonging to the church? Proclaiming and bearing witness is not the work of the few.
Catechist: constantly to go forth to others out of love, to bear witness to Jesus and to talk about Jesus, to proclaim Jesus. This is important because the Lord does it; it is the Lord himself who impels us to go forth.
– Pope Francis
“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.”
― Pope Francis, A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation with Pope Francis
Second… The church is Catholic because she is universal: she is spread abroad through every part of the world, and she proclaims of the Gospel to every man and to every woman. The church has no limits; she is sent to the totality of the human race. And the…
Far from making us in flexible, the security of faith sets us on a journey; it enables witness and dialogue with all.
– Pope Francis, The Church of Mercy
The church offers all possibility of following a path of holiness, and brings us to encounter Jesus Christ and the sacraments, especially in confession and in the Eucharist; she communicates the word of God to us, she lets us live in charity, in the love of God for all.
“Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way.”
― Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the…
We do not always live in unity. At times misunderstanding arises, as well as conflict, tension, and division, which into the church, and does not express love, the love that God desires.
– Pope Francis
1- Forgetting to relax & not taking time to recharge.
2- Not maintaining a sense of balance and interconnectedness with oneself – Contributes to anxiety, chaos and confusion.
3- Becoming too self-absorbed and neglecting to foster interpersonal relationships.
4- Expressing yourself in an intimidating manner- no being warm or smiling or friendly.