“The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. ”
― Pope Francis, A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation with Pope Francis
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.
“I think this is truly the most wonderful experience we can have: to belong to a people walking, journeying through history together with our Lord, who walks among us! We are not alone; we do not walk alone. We are part of the one flock of Christ that walks…
Whenever we Christians are enclosed in our groups, our movements, our parishes, and the same thing happens to us that happens to anything close: when a room is closed, it begins to get dank. If a person is closed up in that room, he or she becomes ill! Whenever…
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
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
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.
“To evangelize, therefore, it is necessary to open ourselves once again to the horizon of God’s Spirit, without being afraid of what he asks us or of where he leads us.”
― Pope Francis, The Church of Mercy
“The majority of people living on our planet profess to be believers. This should spur religions to dialogue among themselves for the sake of protecting nature, defending the poor, and building networks of respect and fraternity.”
― Pope Francis, On Care for Our Common Home: The Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’