The Pope on Christmas

Pope Francis has given another must-read interview, this one with the Italian newspaper La Stampa.  A couple of comments particularly struck me.  One: “reform always begins with spiritual and pastoral initiatives before structural changes.”  Another: “We must try to facilitate people’s faith, rather than control it.”  Nothing shows the Ignatian heart of Francis’s ministry more clearly than this relentless focus on spiritual conversion.

Asked “What does Christmas say to people today?” he replied:

It speaks of tenderness and hope. When God meets us he tells us two things. The first thing he says is: have hope. God always opens doors, he never closes them. He is the father who opens doors for us. The second thing he says is: don’t be afraid of tenderness. When Christians forget about hope and tenderness they become a cold Church, that loses its sense of direction and is held back by ideologies and worldly attitudes, whereas God’s simplicity tells you: go forward, I am a Father who caresses you.

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Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is Ignatian Spirituality A to Z. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

1 Comment on The Pope on Christmas

  1. Thank you for sharing this. The world is blessed with Our Holy Father who speaks from the heart and discerns so clearly what is needed today in the Church and in the world. Such incredible wisdom which comes from listening to the Holy Spirit!

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