Top 75 Inspiring Quotes from Pope Francis

AP/L'Osservatore Romano

Words of wisdom from the Holy Father

1. “Jesus is the gate opening up to salvation, a gate open to everyone.”

2. “God’s forgiveness is stronger than any sin.”

3. “To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us.”

4. “We cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes, in our communities, when so many people are waiting for the Gospel!”

5. “The perfect family doesn’t exist, nor is there a perfect husband or a perfect wife, and let’s not talk about the perfect mother-in-law! It’s just us sinners.” A healthy family life requires frequent use of three phrases: “May I? Thank you, and I’m sorry” and “never, never, never end the day without making peace.”

6. “Being a Christian is not just about following commandments: it is about letting Christ take possession of our lives and transform them.”

7. “A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.”

8. “Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent.”

9. “Dear young people, do not be afraid of making decisive choices in life. Have faith; the Lord will not abandon you!”

10. “It is the disease of cowards, who do not have the courage to speak upfront and so talk behind one’s back. … Watch out against the terrorism of gossip!”

11. “Are you angry with someone? Pray for that person. That is what Christian love is.”

12. “How marvelous it would be if, at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity towards others!”

13. “Jesus understands our weaknesses and sins; and he forgives us if we allow ourselves to be forgiven.”

14.“Not only does each person have the freedom and the right to say what they think for the common good, they have a duty to do so Because while it is true that is wrong to react with violence, If my good friend Mr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch in the nose. … It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others. … There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others. They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Mr Gasparri if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit. … One cannot make war… kill in the name of one’s own religion, that is, in the name of God.”

15. “The family is where we are formed as people. Every family is a brick in the building of society.”

16. “There is no cross, big or small, in our life which the Lord does not share with us.”

17. “Gossip can also kill, because it kills the reputation of the person! It is so terrible to gossip! At first it may seem like a nice thing, even amusing, like enjoying a candy. But in the end, it fills the heart with bitterness, and even poisons us.”

18. “We cannot sleep peacefully while babies are dying of hunger and the elderly are without medical assistance.”

19. “The principal mission of the Church is evangelization, bringing the Good News to everyone.”

20. “Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.”

21. “We now live in a culture of the temporary, in which more and more people are simply giving up on marriage as a public commitment.”

22. “Christianity spreads through the joy of disciples who know that they are loved and saved.”

23. “Journeying is precisely the art of looking toward the horizon, thinking where I want to go but also enduring the fatigue of the journey, which is sometimes difficult. … There are dark days, even days when we fail, even days when we fall … but always think of this: Don’t be afraid of failures. Don’t be afraid of falling.”

24. “The secret of Christian living is love. Only love fills the empty spaces caused by evil.”

25. “The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.”

26. “The love of God is not generic. God looks with love upon every man and woman, calling them by name.”

27. “Inconsistency on the part of pastors and the faithful between what they say and what they do, between word and manner of life, is undermining the Church’s credibility.”

28. “Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!”

29. “There is so much noise in the world! May we learn to be silent in our hearts and before God.”

30. “We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.”

31. “Dear young people, you have many plans and dreams for the future. But, is Christ at the center of each of your plans and dreams?”

32. “Every time we give in to selfishness and say ‘No’ to God, we spoil his loving plan for us.”

33. “The true disciple of the Lord commits himself personally to a charitable ministry whose scope is man’s multiform and endless poverty.”

34. “Our prayer cannot be reduced to an hour on Sundays. It is important to have a daily relationship with the Lord.”

35. “Today people are suffering from poverty, but also from lack of love.”

36. “We cannot be Christians part-time. If Christ is at the center of our lives, he is present in all that we do.”

37. “I say that politics is the most important of the civil activities and has its own field of action, which is not that of religion. Political institutions are secular by definition and operate in independent spheres. All my predecessors have said the same thing, for many years at least, albeit with different accents. I believe that Catholics involved in politics carry the values of their religion within them, but have the mature awareness and expertise to implement them. The Church will never go beyond its task of expressing and disseminating its values, at least as long as I’m here.”

38. “I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation.”

39. “Let us ask the Lord for the grace not to speak badly of others, not to criticize, not to gossip, but rather to love everyone.”

40. “Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us.”

41. “It is so important to listen! Husbands and wives need to communicate to bring happiness and serenity to family life.”

42. “Children have the right to grow up in a family with a father and mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity. Today marriage and the family are in crisis.”

43. “The Lord never tires of forgiving. It is we who tire of asking for forgiveness.”

44. “This generation, and many others, have been led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil… But the devil exists and we must fight against him.”

45. “Dear young people, let us not be satisfied with a mediocre life. Be amazed by what is true and beautiful, what is of God!”

46. “Hatred is not to be carried in the name of God.”

47. “However dark things are, goodness always re-emerges and spreads. Each day in our world beauty is born anew”

48. “We are all sinners. But may the Lord not let us be hypocrites. Hypocrites don’t know the meaning of forgiveness, joy and the love of God.”

49. “Ask yourselves this question: How often is Jesus inside and knocking at the door to be let out, to come out? And we do not let him out because of our own need for security, because so often we are locked into ephemeral structures that serve solely to make us slaves and not free children of God.”

50. “If we want to advance in the spiritual life, then, we must constantly be missionaries”

51. “Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light.”

52. “If we think that things are not going to change, we need to recall that Jesus Christ has triumphed over sin and death and is now almighty. Jesus Christ truly lives.”

53. “What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known?”

54. “The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.”

55. “Mission is at once a passion for Jesus and a passion for his people.”

56. “The human heart desires joy. We all desire joy, every family, every people aspires to happiness. But what is the joy that the Christian is called to live out and bear witness to? It is the joy that comes from the closeness of God, from his presence in our life. From the moment Jesus entered into history, with his birth in Bethlehem, humanity received the seed of the Kingdom of God, like the soil receives the seed, the promise of a future harvest.”

57. “Indifference towards those in need is not acceptable for a Christian.”

58. “May no one use religion as a pretext for actions against human dignity and against the fundamental rights of every man and woman.”

59. “It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.”

60. “Dear young people, Christ asks you to be wide awake and alert, to see the things in life that really matter.”

61. “A true missionary who never ceases to be a disciple, knows Jesus walks with him speaks to him, breathes with him, works with him”

62. “If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him? … The problem is not having this tendency, no, we must be brothers and sisters to one another"

63. “An evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral.”

64. “The ‘Big Bang,’ that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God, on the contrary it requires it.”

65. “When evangelizers rise from prayer, their hearts are more open”

66. “Practicing charity is the best way to evangelize.”

67. “We know well that with Jesus life becomes richer and that with him it is easier to find meaning in everything. This is why we evangelize.”

68. “God’s love is unbounded: it has no limits!”

69. “If we wish to follow Christ closely, we cannot choose an easy, quiet life. It will be a demanding life, but full of joy.”

70. “Only the person who feels happiness in seeking the good of others, in desiring their happiness, can be a missionary”

71. “If I can help at least one person to have a better life, that already justifies the offering of my life”

72. “The Gospel responds to our deepest needs, since we were created for what the Gospel offers us: friendship with Jesus”

73. “Jesus is more than a friend. He is a teacher of truth and life who shows us the way that leads to happiness.”

74. “A person who is not convinced, enthusiastic, certain and in love, will convince nobody.”

75. “A Christian is never bored or sad. Rather, the one who loves Christ is full of joy and radiates joy.”

Marcel LeJeune is Assistant Director of St. Mary's Catholic Center at Texas A&M University. This article originally appeared on their blog, Aggie Catholic and is reprinted here with kind permission.

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