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An Open Thank You Letter To Pope Francis
Compelling and conversational, this book is not just her words to the most important Christian leader of our time — she has spoken my own heart-felt thoughts as well. I loved reading this book. I hope Francis will, too. A love letter that fights.
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C ontents Excerpt from Chapter 1. Endorsements At once both a radical return to the teachings of Jesus and a new imagining of how the church might step into a lively, prophetic leadership voice for twenty-first century life.
U.S. Bishops Receive Letter from Pope Francis As They Gather for Spiritual Retreat
This change calls for a personal and communal conversion that makes us see things as the Lord does. To see things as the Lord does, to be where the Lord wants us to be, to experience a conversion of heart in his presence. To do so, prayer and penance will help. Indeed, whenever we have tried to replace, or silence, or ignore, or reduce the People of God to small elites, we end up creating communities, projects, theological approaches, spiritualities and structures without roots, without memory, without faces, without bodies and ultimately, without lives.
We are never completely ourselves unless we belong to a people. That is why no one is saved alone, as an isolated individual.
Rather, God draws us to himself, taking into account the complex fabric of interpersonal relationships present in the human community. Consequently, the only way that we have to respond to this evil that has darkened so many lives is to experience it as a task regarding all of us as the People of God. This awareness of being part of a people and a shared history will enable us to acknowledge our past sins and mistakes with a penitential openness that can allow us to be renewed from within.
In this way, we will come up with actions that can generate resources attuned to the Gospel.
LETTERS TO POPE FRANCIS — Welcome from Matthew Fox
It is essential that we, as a Church, be able to acknowledge and condemn, with sorrow and shame, the atrocities perpetrated by consecrated persons, clerics, and all those entrusted with the mission of watching over and caring for those most vulnerable. Let us beg forgiveness for our own sins and the sins of others. An awareness of sin helps us to acknowledge the errors, the crimes and the wounds caused in the past and allows us, in the present, to be more open and committed along a journey of renewed conversion.
May fasting and prayer open our ears to the hushed pain felt by children, young people and the disabled. A fasting that can make us hunger and thirst for justice and impel us to walk in the truth, supporting all the judicial measures that may be necessary. A fasting that shakes us up and leads us to be committed in truth and charity with all men and women of good will, and with society in general, to combatting all forms of the abuse of power, sexual abuse and the abuse of conscience.
By an attitude of prayer and penance, we will become attuned as individuals and as a community to this exhortation, so that we may grow in the gift of compassion, in justice, prevention and reparation. In this way, she reveals the way she lived her entire life. She, the first of the disciples, teaches all of us as disciples how we are to halt before the sufferings of the innocent, without excuses or cowardice.
To look to Mary is to discover the model of a true follower of Christ. May the Holy Spirit grant us the grace of conversion and the interior anointing needed to express before these crimes of abuse our compunction and our resolve courageously to combat them.
Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters From Children Around the World
Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity, and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such "atrocities". If one member suffers… In recent days, a report was made public which detailed the experiences of at least a thousand survivors, victims of sexual abuse, the abuse of power and of conscience at the hands of priests over a period of approximately seventy years.
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