Is it fair to say that Pope Francis is one of the heavy hitters in news media outlets the world over? I can’t count how many times I’ve read on this very blog where people who do not like or associate themselves with Christianity, Catholicism or organized religion, but have an affinity for this Pope. Why?
It’s Pope Francis’ unique and extraordinary way of bringing the Catholic faith to the masses. In his (General Audience, 27 March 2013) he says “Jesus has no house, because his house is the people; it is we who are his dwelling place ; his mission is to open God’s doors to all, to be the presence of God’s love.” (p.71-2) It’s moments like these that are captured in this book. Moments that are so hard for me to read in such print because they are so alive with feeling and truth.
The end of this book includes an Essential Chronology of the man, Jorge Bergolio, that would become Pope Francis. Also included is a list of resources where all of the references he’s made over his first year can be found.
The book itself is so unassuming, and yet, upon a quick flip through, you know that it’s something you will refer to again and again and quote in conversation; much like the Pope himself. Bringing together Pope Francis’ homilies, audiences, letters, addresses to clergy and laity, speeches and his Apostolic Exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium or The Light of Faith, this book would be a wonderful resource for priests and deacons to bring the Pope and his unique flavor to churches on Sunday. I also think this book would make a great gift for our new Catholic members to the faith indoctrinating them on the love of one’s neighbor that has always been taught by the Catholic church, bur further emphasized and made applicable to today’s society by Pope Francis.
And what are these sentiments of Jesus? Humility, mercy, closeness to others, but also a firm rejection of hypocrisy, duplicity, and idolatry. (Prayer for the Marian Day, 12 October 2013, pg. 138)
For me, The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis is the Rolling Stone cover of my spiritual book collection and I strongly advise it become yours. It’s not just for Catholics anymore, but I don’t really think our faith, and this Pope, ever was.
This book was given to me to review by Loyola Press to give an honest and unbiased review. I am sorry I failed in that regard, I already loved Our Pope before I even cracked the spine!