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Pope Francis's book is a spiritual inspiration to both Christians and non-Christians
The Name of God is Mercy – Pope Francis’s first official book – is published today. In celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, he addresses all humanity in an intimate and personal conversation with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli.At the centre of the book is the subject closest to his heart—mercy. This has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy. Francis explains—through memories from his youth and moving anecdotes from his experiences as a...
Eternity has more kinds of rooms than this world does.  We may know, or at least know about some people whose way of life would seem so reprehensible that it’s hard to imagine that they could ever make it to heaven.But as Christians, we believe that, as part of the Body of Christ, we have been given the power to forgive each other’s sins and that, because of that, indeed anyone’s love can pull their beloved into heaven whatever their faults and failures may be.Our love for each other is a...
A 1663 Edition of The Spiritual Exercises, Burns Library Boston College via Flickr
Many people would say that while intellectually they believe that God loves each one of us, personally, eternally, they find it hard to feel this deeply. We may be helped by reflecting on St Ignatius’ conclusion to his Spiritual Exercises, a ‘Contemplation to Attain Divine Love’Firstly, I think about what God has done for me’, and ‘how much he has given me of what he possesses.’Second, says Ignatius, I think about the way God ‘dwells’ in all his...
Gratitude is the ultimate virtue, under-girding everything, even love. It goes with holiness, defines maturity. We are mature to the degree that we are grateful. But what brings us there? What makes for a deeper maturity? Ronald Rolheiser OMI suggests ten major demands in human and Christian maturity.Be willing to carry more and more of life's complexities with empathy.  Few things in life, including our own hearts and motives are simply good or simply bad. Maturity invites us to...