Pope Francis on “the God of Mercy”

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— Pope Francis on mercy and forgiveness:
The pope “noted how God is waiting for us to open
the doors of our hearts to Him, and said that
we must have the certainty that He waits for us
as we are, not as we are told we ought to be.”
This is something Christians need to take to heart before
judging any man or woman, which actually is un-Christian.

republished May 6, 2020
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Pope Francis on “the God of Mercy”

Pope Francis lays out case for mercy
in 1st book as pope

The Daily Walk with Love (Link to Home page and blog), updated May 6, 2020, by Paul Evans. Video is Casting Crowns – Who Am I, courtesy of jkstar09 and YouTube. Brothers and Sisters, Peace, Love, Forgiveness, Understanding, Toleration and Acceptance: Let us TRULY Love God and Love Our Neighbors as Ourselves, without Prejudice or Hypocrisy!

Also see David Crowder’s Illuminate & Christian Comparative Religion, The Daily Walk with Love, by Paul Evans.

Proverbs 13:7 – There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing:
there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
(King James version)

The Daily Bible verse for this article at the Official King James Bible online Psalms 29: 2 — “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” Another verse which has sustained me lately is Proverbs 3: 3, “Mercy and Truth: Bind them around your heart.

Pope Francis’ new book is sometimes translated as “The Name of God is Mercy (Amazon.com).

The Pope on Social Justice

Paul Evans: Please see Political Ideology versus Caring here on The Daily Walk with Love. I always felt the disapproval of so many fellow conservatives because of my strong hope that we will be our brother’s keeper, even if this involves a certain amount of economic redistributionism. Keep in mind that even Adam Smith, the founder of modern capitalist economic theory, in his book “Wealth of Nations,” (1776 – link is for this book at Amazon.com) felt that the rich among us should pay taxes not only in an equal measure to their wealth, but “something more than an equal measure.” This is the basis of a progressive taxation system, right? I personally would, as does the Reform Party, Rand Paul and quite possibly Donald Trump, have a “fair and flat tax,” but one which is somewhat progressive. In this way the poor would be more cared for. This is the essence of “loving our neighbor as ourselves,” economically, isn’t it? Isn’t this what “compassionate conservatives,” if we are truly honest with ourselves, should really support? See Pope Francis: To Care for the Poor is Not Communism, It is the Gospel, America: The National Catholic Review, January 11, 2015, by Gerard O’Connell.

At the same time, because of the greed of the investment bankers and poor spending decisions by the Federal government, no one is questioning the need for considerable austerity measures. It just must be “done” humanely, and there must be some equal sacrifices by the rich.

We are talking in THIS article about a fair and flat tax (which would, I strongly believe, actually create jobs long term and grow the economy), where there are perhaps two minor steps up — those with higher incomes would pay a little more. Is it too much to ask that the well-off in society give up one of several vacations a year, so that poor working mothers might feed their babies and children via food stamps? This would require about a 15 percent base tax rate (if we didn’t want to dis-empower the Federal government’s services big time), plus about two five-percent steps up for the rich. Seriously? I guess it would depend on how much of a truly patriotic American you are, whether or not you would support this. If you’re just about a new car and five vacations a year, I guess maybe not.

A new book on the social teaching of the first Jesuit pope has just arrived in bookstores in Italy. “Papa Francesco. Questa economia uccide” (Pope Francis: This economy kills) is the title of the book co-authored by Andrea Tornielli, the coordinator of Vatican Insider, and Giacomo Galeazzi, the Vatican correspondent for the Italian daily, La Stampa. (who is a sometime contributor to Vatican Insider.)

The 228-page book written in Italian (published by Edizioni Piemme Spa Milano) brings together and analyzes Francis’ talks, writings and other interventions on the economy, poverty, immigration, social justice and the protection of creation. One chapter summarizes his talks and actions in this broad area before he became pope, but most of his interventions come from the period since his election as Bishop of Rome on 13 March 2013.

See Pope Francis Challenges Elite on Poverty, U.S. News and World Report, January 21, 2014, by Tim Risen.

Understanding God’s Love

See Pope Francis: when you say ‘love,’ do you really know what it means?, Catholic News Agency, January 8, 2015, by Elise Harris:

“When we have something on our mind and we want to ask God to forgive us, it’s he who is waiting for us – to forgive us,” the Pope said, explaining that the current Jubilee of Mercy is a means of being assured that “our Lord is waiting for us, each one of us.”

The reason, he said, is “to embrace us. Nothing more. To say to us: son, daughter, I love you. I let my Son be crucified for you: this is the price of my love, this is the gift of my love.”

Pope Francis then noted how God is waiting for us to open the doors of our hearts to him, and said that we must have the certainty that God waits for us as we are, not as we are told we ought to be.

See God’s Love, The Daily Walk with Love, November 22, 2015, by “anonymous.”

Yahoo News’ Associated Press coverage really reaches me. See Francis lays out case for mercy in 1st book as pope, AP on Yahoo News, January 10, 2016, by Nicole Winfield:

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis lays out his case for emphasizing the merciful face of the Catholic Church in his first book as pontiff, saying God never tires of forgiving and actually prefers the honest sinners who repent over self-righteous moralizers who don’t.

In the book, Francis condemns what he calls the “scholars of law” — the doctrinaire-minded rigorists who throughout the history of the church have challenged Jesus’ message of unconditional love and mercy for even the most wretched of sinners. He says often these self-righteous Christians are hypocrites themselves, using the law to hide their own “deep wounds.”

Pope Francis News

FEEL the humble faith of Pope Francis: See POPE FRANCIS: ‘I AM A SINNER IN NEED OF GOD’S MERCY — I DESERVE TO BE IN PRISON’, Inquistr, January 10, 2016, by John Thomas Didymous:

In a new book — the first of his papacy — titled, “The Name of God is Mercy,” (Amazon.com book purchase page) Pope Francis focuses on the theme of mercy in Christian doctrine as he discusses the challenges facing the Church in the twenty-first century. He emphasizes that the Church is not meant to condemn the sinner but bring her to God’s mercy. He calls on the Church to stop ostracizing gays and divorcees but instead share the gospel of “God’s infinite mercy.”

For a “dissident” voice from the left on Pope Francis’ new book and the Catholic Church’s progress in social justice see The Name of God Is Mercy review – mixed messages from the pope, The Guardian, January 10, 2014, by Peter Stanford.

Interested in getting to know the Pope in a more personal way? Check out and consider purchasing A Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections from His Writiings, Paulist Press, paperback, $4.95.

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“When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then Peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars.”

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