» 06/25/2014, 00.00
For pope, we are Christians because we belong to the Church, "one cannot love God outside of the Church"
At today's general audience, Francis defines as "dangerous and harmful" the temptations that might lead some to think they can have a "personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ outside of the communion and the mediation of the Church".
Pope: St. Joseph, model for those who have educational role in Church and in society
"He was able to overcome the darkness of doubt, the experience of exile and of fleeing his home, without ever losing faith in God and in His love". Greetings to "all fathers". "I ask you for the grace to be always very close to your children, allowing them to grow, but close".
Pope: The Church is "catholic" and "apostolic". That is it’s "universal" and "missionary"
"If the apostles had stayed there in the Upper Room, without leaving to preach the Gospel, the Church would only be the Church of the people of that city, in that Upper Room." "Let us give thanks to the Lord because our Church has many missionaries, has had many missionary and still needs more ".
Pope: Jesus was a refugee too, sharing the fears and uncertainties of those who had to leave their land
With today's general audience, Francis begins a series of catechesis dedicated to the Church, "which is all of us". The Church is "not an end in itself or a private association, nor a NGO," or limited "to priests, bishops, or the Vatican." Since he "called Abraham," God's plan was "to create a people blessed by his love to bring his blessing to all the nations of the earth."
Pope: "Please", "thank you" and "sorry", the words for "a good family life"
"The deeper and more intimate a love, the greater the need for respect for freedom and the ability to wait for the other to open the door of his or her heart". "The Lord also asks for permission to enter! Do not forget". "We must be uncompromising in teaching gratitude and recognition." "A Christian who does not know how to thank others is one who has forgotten the language of God." "" If we cannot apologize, it means that we are unable to forgive. "
Pope: Lent, a time of conversion to be able to "react to the reality of evil that always challenges us "
Francis points out two "commitments" for the period leading up to Easter: live the redemptive work of Christ with greater awareness and live our baptism with greater commitment. The "risk of not no longer being shocked by the sad reality that surrounds us", such as violence, injustice, "a society that claims it can make do without God".
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