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.
Walking with our people, sometimes in front, sometimes behind, and sometimes in the middle. We walked in front in order to guide the community, in the middle in order to encourage and support, and at the back so that no one likes too far behind, to keep them united….
It is a huge responsibility to be a Confessor. Confessors have before them the lost sheep that God loves so much; if we don’t show them the love and mercy of God, we push them away and perhaps will never come back.
– Pope Francis, The Name of God Is…
“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
“…I think that we succumb to attitudes that do not permit us to dialogue: domination, not knowing how to listen, annoyance in our speech, preconceived judgments and so many others.”
― Pope Francis, On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century
Mostly, people are looking for someone to listen to them. Someone willing to grant them time, to listen to their dramas and difficulties. Talk, listen with patience, and above all tell people that God loves them.
– Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy
The world’s faith depends on #ChristianUnity; in fact, the Lord asked that we be one “so the world might believe” (Jn 17:21). The world will not believe because of our convincing arguments, but because we have borne witness to that love that unites us and draws us near. #Prayer