Broc’s Blog

mission sundayTogether with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all

Dear young people, I would like to reflect with you on the mission that we have received from Christ. In speaking to you, I also address all Christians who live out in the Church the adventure of their life as children of God. What leads me to speak to everyone through this conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us. “Mission revitalizes faith” (Redemptoris Missio, 2), in the words of Saint John Paul II, a Pope who showed such great love and concern for young people.

The Synod to be held in Rome this coming October, the month of the missions, offers us an opportunity to understand more fully, in the light of faith, what the Lord Jesus wants to say to you young people, and, through you, to all Christian communities.

world family meeting 2018During Pope Francis visit to Ireland on the occasion of the Catholic Church’s 9th World Meeting of Families (WMOF) which took place in Dublin, August 21-26 he gave us 3 words "Sorry", "Please", "Thank You"

"Our families we need to learn three words. They are “sorry”, “please” and “thank you”.  When you quarrel at home, be sure that before going to bed you apologize and say you are sorry. Before the day is done, make peace. Do you want to know why it is necessary to make peace before ending the day? Because if you don’t make peace, the next day you have a “cold war” and that is very dangerous! Watch out for cold wars in the family! Maybe you get mad sometimes and are tempted to sleep in another room, all by yourself. If you feel that way, just knock on the door and say: “Please, can I come in?” All it takes is a look, a kiss, a soft word… and everything is back to the way it was! I say this because when families do this, they survive. There is no such thing as a perfect family; without the practice of forgiveness, families can grow sick and gradually collapse.

To “forgive” means to “give” something of yourself. Jesus always forgives us. By the power of his forgiveness, we too can forgive others, if we really want to. Isn’t that what we pray for, when we say the Our Father? Children learn to forgive when they see their parents forgiving one another. If we understand this, we can appreciate the grandeur of Jesus’ teaching about fidelity in marriage. Far from a cold legal obligation, it is above all a powerful promise of God’s own fidelity to his word and his unfailing grace. Christ died for us so that we, in turn, might forgive and be reconciled with one another. In this way, as individuals and as families, we can know the truth of Saint Paul’s words that, when all else passes away, “love never ends”” (1 Cor 13:8)."

A man of his wordIn advance of this month’s papal visit to Ireland, Wim Wenders’ new documentary on the current Bishop of Rome receives a cinema release.  ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’ is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him.

Wim Wenders’ documentary profile of Pope Francis gives viewers a far more intimate view of its subject than they will ever get from TV footage of papal rallies and services in the Vatican and around the world. 

Consisting mostly of interviews in which the Pope holds forth honestly and without hesitation on a range of topics including the wealth of the Church, the film is at its best when at its simplest, with the former Jorge Bergoglio coming across as a man of supreme decency and compassion who truly believes in practising what he preaches.

The movie trailer is available here.