Notable quotations from Pope Francis and official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church
God’s love for us is so great, so deep; it is an unfailing love, one which always takes us by the hand and supports us, lifts us up and leads us on.
Let us never lose trust in the patience and mercy of God!
God is patient with us because He loves us, and those who love are able to understand, to hope, to inspire confidence: they do not give up, they do not burn bridges, they are able to forgive.
Let us remember this in our lives as Christians: God always waits for us, even when we have left Him behind! He is never far from us, and if we return to Him, He is ready to embrace us.
...God’s patience has to call forth in us the courage to return to Him, however many mistakes and sins there may be in our lives.
It is ... in the wounds of Jesus, that we are truly secure; there we encounter the boundless love of His heart.
We hear many offers from the world around us, but let us take up God's offer instead; His is a caress of love.
For God we are not numbers, we are important, indeed, we are the most important thing to Him; even if we are sinners, we are what is closest to His heart.
... I have so often seen God’s merciful countenance, His patience; I have also seen so many people find the courage to enter the wounds of Jesus by saying to Him: Lord, I am here, accept may poverty, hide my sin in Your wounds, wash it away with Your blood. And I have always seen God do just that — He accepted them, consoled them, cleansed them, loved them.
... Let us be enveloped by the mercy of God; let us trust in His patience, which always gives us more time. Let us find the courage to return to His house, to dwell in His loving wounds, allowing ourselves to be loved by Him and to encounter His mercy in the sacraments. We will feel His wonderful tenderness, we will feel His embrace, and we too will become more capable of mercy, patience, forgiveness and love.
(Source: homily at Mass, 4/7/13, Divine Mercy Sunday, Basilica of St. John Lateran)
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