Pope Francis Words of Wisdom

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Pope Francis Words of Wisdom
Pope Francis Words of Wisdom

As the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has become a spiritual guide for many inside and outside the church in large part because of his simplicity, humility and desire for mercy in lieu of judgment.

From his famous, “Who am I to judge” response when asked about homosexuality, to his tender embrace of a severely disfigured man, his words and actions on the world stage have been aligned and compassionate. As a result, fans and critics alike have responded with openness as he demonstrates how to engage with people that are hurting, reminds that a life well-lived is simple and surprises with off-the-cuff remarks and genuine delight.

Here at BeRemembered.com, we’re pleased to share a collection of some of our favorite quotes from this popular spiritual leader.

I like it when someone tells me, 'I don't agree.' This is a true collaborator. When they say 'Oh, how great, how great, how great,' that's not useful.
(Associated Press, July 29, 2013)

Decision making
I am always wary of decisions made hastily. I am always wary of the first decision, that is, the first thing that comes to my mind if I have to make a decision. This is usually the wrong thing. I have to wait and assess, looking deep into myself, taking the necessary time.
(America magazine December 30, 20

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.”
(Catholic News.com -- Meeting with engaged couples, Feb. 14, 2014).

From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.
(La Repubblica October 1, 2013)

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.
(Catholic News.com -- Angelus, Feb. 16, 2014).

Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason.
(La Repubblica October 1, 2013)

An example I often use to illustrate the reality of vanity, is this: look at the peacock; it's beautiful if you look at it from the front. But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth... Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity has huge misery hiding inside them.
(National Catholic Reporter, March 13, 2014)