“Or indeed when the desire to create and contemplate beauty manages to overcome reductionism through a kind of salvation which occurs in beauty and in those who behold it. An authentic humanity, calling for a new synthesis, seems to dwell in the midst of our technological culture, almost unnoticed,…
“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
“It is not necessary to believe in God to be a good person. In a way, the traditional. Notion of God is outdated. One can be spiritual but not religious. It is not necessary to go to church and give money — for many, nature can be a church….
“technological society has succeeded in multiplying occasions of pleasure, yet has found it very difficult to engender joy.”
― Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium
“Let’s ask the Lord for the grace of giving all of us the wisdom to trust only in him, not in things, in human strength, only in him”
― Pope Francis, Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday
“It is striking that even some who clearly have solid doctrinal and spiritual convictions frequently fall into a lifestyle which leads to an attachment to financial security, or to a desire for power or human glory at all cost, rather than giving their lives to others in mission.”
Concern with the idols of power, profit, and money, rather than with the value of the human person, has become a basic norm for functioning and a crucial criterion for organization.
– Pope Francis, The Church of Mercy
“It is one thing to be understanding of human weakness and the complexities of life, and another to accept ideologies that attempt to sunder what are inseparable aspects of reality. Let us not fall into the sin of trying to replace the Creator. We are creatures, and not omnipotent….
We have to empty ourselves of the many small or great idols that we have and in which we take refuge, on which we often seek to base our security. They are idols that we sometimes keep well hidden; they can be ambition, careerism, a taste for success, placing…
When we think only of ourselves and our own interests and place ourselves in the center, when we permit ourselves to be captivated by the idols of Dominion and power, when we put ourselves in God’s place, then all relationships are broken and everything is ruined; then the door…