Pope Francis in the Morning

Pope FrancisCardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected Pope 100 days ago today. That surprised me; it feels like Pope Francis has been around longer than that. He’s a humble man who’s become a big presence in the Church and the world. We’ve quickly grown comfortable with him.

I’ve gotten into the habit of reading the homily he gives every morning at Mass at the Casa San Marta, published every day by Vatican Radio. Here he’s speaking to church insiders–bishops in Rome on business, workers in Vatican offices, officials of Catholics organizations and movements. The pope speaks personally, off-the-cuff, fervently. Much of the time he warns about the complacency that can creep into the lives and attitudes of church officials. He’s denounced careerism. He constantly calls for openness, for positive action, for love that is expressed in deeds rather than words. I listen to his words carefully. I work for the church too.

Photo by Catholic Church (England and Wales) under a Creative Commons license.

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Jim Manney
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 What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


  1. I too used to look forward to reading Pope Francis’ homilies. However, Vatican Radio rarely publishes his reflections now. It saddens me to have lost reading the reflections of another Jesuits priest for the daily readings. I pray that Vatican Radio will make these homilies available to us again.
    God’s true peace and much agape love, Lou 🙂

  2. I read his words everyday on Vatican Radio website too! I live simplicity of his words, yet powerful meaning. Very inspiring, it became part of my daily routine.

  3. I do the same. They are beautiful messages , very Ignatian and perfect guideposts for everyday living in Christ.


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