Pope Francis (@Pontifex)

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2012-02-23 11:38:07

We alone cannot satisfy ourselves. We need to unmask our self-sufficiency, overcome our closures, go back to being small within, be simple and enthusiastic, filled with fervor for God and love for others.

In  #TodaysGospel, Jesus encourages us to move from a formal observance of the Law to a substantial observance, accepting the Law in our hearts. From the heart comes good and bad deeds.

Our prayer must not be limited only to our needs, to our necessities: a prayer is truly Christian if it has a universal dimension too.

Today it would do us good to think - as an act of gratitude to God - about those who accompany us on our journey through life: family members, friends, colleagues... The Lord wants us to be together as a people. Thank you, Lord, for never leaving us alone!  #HomilySantaMarta

Often we forget the Lord and deal with other gods: money, vanity, pride. Let us ask for the grace to understand when our heart begins to slide into worldliness. God's grace and love will stop us if we ask in prayer.  #HomilySantaMarta

The Amazonian peoples have a right to hear the Gospel: the proclamation of God who infinitely loves every man and woman, and has revealed this love fully in Jesus Christ, crucified for us and risen in our lives.  #QueridaAmazonia

I dream of Christian communities capable of generous commitment, incarnate in the Amazon region, and giving the Church new faces with Amazonian features.  #QueridaAmazonia

The Lord, who is the first to care for us, teaches us to care for our brothers and sisters and the environment which he daily gives us. This is the first ecology that that we need.  #QueridaAmazonia http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap...

I dream of an Amazon region that fights for the rights of the poor, the original peoples and the least of our brothers and sisters, where their voices can be heard and their dignity advanced.  #QueridaAmazonia

I am addressing the present Exhortation to the whole world. I am doing so to help awaken their affection and concern for that land which is also “ours”.  #QueridaAmazonia http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap...

"Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted" (Mt 5:4). Wise and blessed is the person who welcomes the pain that comes with love, because they will receive the consolation of the Holy Spirit,who is God's tenderness who forgives and corrects.#GeneralAudience#Beatitudes

Jesus Christ offers His mercy to those who endure distress due to situations of frailty, suffering, and weakness. He invites everyone to share in His life in order to experience tender love.  #WorldDayOfTheSick http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/sick/documents/papa-francesco_20200103_giornata-m...

I entrust to the Virgin Mary, Health of the Sick, all those who carry the burden of illness, along with their families and healthcare providers. I warmly assure everyone of my closeness in prayer.  #WorldDayOfTheSick  #OurLadyOfLourdes

Faith grows when we invoke the Lord with confidence, bringing to Jesus who we are, with open hearts, without hiding our sufferings.

Painful reports are still emerging from  #Syria regarding the conditions facing women and children, as people are forced to flee the war. I renew my appeal to all parties involved to engage in dialogue and to respect Humanitarian Law in order to safeguard the lives of civilians.

In the  #GospelOfTheDay (Mt 5:13-16), Jesus calls His disciples to be salt and light in the world. The person who lives and spreads the grace of Christ is salt. The person who lets the Gospel shine with good deeds is light.

Together against trafficking. Only together can we defeat this scourge and protect the victims. Prayer is the strength that sustains our commitment.  #PrayAgainstTrafficking

Saint Bakhita, patron saint of victims of trafficking, faced the pain of slavery and witnessed the freedom and joy of encountering the Lord. Let us pray that all may live this joy and break the chains of slavery.  #PrayAgainstTrafficking

Both John the Baptist, who is the greatest man born of woman, and the Son of God have chosen the path of humiliation. God shows this path to Christians so they can move forward. One cannot be humble without having suffered humiliation.  #HomilySantaMarta

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There is a poverty that we must accept, that of our own being, and a poverty that we must seek instead - a concrete one - from the things of this world, in order to be free and to be able to love.  #GeneralAudience  #Beatitudes

The Document on Human Fraternity, signed one year ago, has written a new page in the dialogue between religions and people of good will. As brothers and sisters, we want to say "no" to violence, and together promote peace, life, and religious freedom.

Brothers and sisters, in moments when we are far from God, it would do us good to hear this voice in our heart: "My son, my daughter, what are you doing? Please, don't kill yourself. I died for you."  #HomilySantaMarta

Loneliness is not overcome by closing in on ourselves, but by crying out to the Lord, for the Lord hears the cry of those who find themselves alone.

The  #GospeloftheDay (Lk 2:22-40), for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, shows us the amazement of Mary, Joseph, Simeon and Anne at what was happening before their eyes. The ability to be amazed makes our encounter with the Lord fruitful.

Today we celebrate the  #WorldDayforConsecratedLife. Let us pray for consecrated men and women who dedicate themselves to God and to their brothers and sisters through daily service: may they be ever faithful witnesses of Christ’s love. http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2020/documents/papa-francesco_20200201_omelia-vit...

Whoever keeps their gaze fixed on Jesus learns to live in order to serve. They do not wait for others to start, but set out to seek their neighbor.  #ConsecratedLife

May the Lord give us the grace to send us a prophet always - be they a friend, our confessor, our child, our mother - who warns us when we are slipping into a feeling that everything seems legitimate because we have lost our sense of sin.  #HomilySantaMarta

May the holiness of Saint  #JohnBosco, who we remember today as a father and teacher to youth, be a guide, especially to you dear young people, in achieving your future projects, as you welcome the plan that God has for each of us.

"The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you." (Mk 4:24). Let us ask the Lord for the grace to not fear the cross, let us ask for the capacity to feel humiliated, because this is the path He has chosen for us to be saved.  #HomilySantaMarta

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