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Pope Francis' eight ways to live a merciful life - Catholic News Herald - Catholic News from the Diocese of Charlotte

Pope Francis' eight ways to live a merciful life - Catholic News Herald - Catholic News from the Diocese of Charlotte

"Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are." - Pope Francis

"Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are." - Pope Francis

Pope Francis has named Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda as the new head of the Minneapolis-St. Paul archdiocese

Pope Francis has named Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda as the new head of the Minneapolis-St. Paul archdiocese

"To be Saints is not a privilege for the few but a vocation for everyone" - Pope Francis

"To be Saints is not a privilege for the few but a vocation for everyone" - Pope Francis

The crucified Christ-- and the Crucifix--is crucial: how can we understand the Resurrection without the Crucifixion-- via the Cross in every aspect of our lives? To focus on the Resurrection while ignoring the Passion and Death of Christ is presumption. And presumption leads soon enough to despair: a loss of hope in God's mercy, forgiveness, and love. To know that God is with us all the way, we have to learn to understand what it means for Jesus to descend into Hell for us.

The crucified Christ-- and the Crucifix--is crucial: how can we understand the Resurrection without the Crucifixion-- via the Cross in every aspect of our lives? To focus on the Resurrection while ignoring the Passion and Death of Christ is presumption. And presumption leads soon enough to despair: a loss of hope in God's mercy, forgiveness, and love. To know that God is with us all the way, we have to learn to understand what it means for Jesus to descend into Hell for us.

Sainthood sometimes includes biting your tongue, pope says - Catholic News Herald - News from the Vatican

Sainthood sometimes includes biting your tongue, pope says - Catholic News Herald - News from the Vatican

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