Words to Take to Heart
WORDS TO TAKE TO HEART
Several Sisters recently commented on two Communications from Pope Francis. While the messages were for a specific purpose, they offer much for our Mercy reflection also. The first was the message for World Communications Day on June 1, 2014 and the other was the Pope’s Letter to those to be created Cardinals this month. Excerpts from both documents and the links to the full text follow:
MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 48TH WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY – 1 June 2014
Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter
Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world. The Church needs to be concerned for, and present in, the world of communication, in order to dialogue with people today and to help them encounter Christ. She needs to be a Church at the side of others, capable of accompanying everyone along the way. The revolution taking place in communications media and in information technologies represents a great and thrilling challenge; may we respond to that challenge with fresh energy and imagination as we seek to share with others the beauty of God ……The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God. From the Vatican, 24 January 2014, the Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales.
From the LETTER OF POPE FRANCIS TO THOSE WHO WILL BE CREATED CARDINALS 22/2/2014
“The Cardinalate does not signify a promotion, an honour nor a decoration: it is simply a service that demands a broader vision and a bigger heart. And, although it seems a paradox, this ability to look further and love more universally with greater intensity can be acquired only by following the way of the Lord: the way of lowliness and of humility, taking the form of a servant (cf. Phil 2:5-8). Therefore, I ask you, please, to receive this appointment with a simple and humble heart. And, while you ought to do this with gladness and joy, do so in a way that this sentiment is far from any kind of expression of worldliness, from any celebration alien to the evangelical spirit of austerity, moderation and poverty.
From the Vatican, 12 January 2014