The Church of Mercy

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 "This joy is born from knowing that with Him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life's journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable--and there are so many of them!"
--Pope Francis, Homily on Palm Sunday, 24 March 2013

"The Church does not rest solely beneath the shadow of our steeple; rather, she embraces a vast number of peoples and nations who profess the same faith, are nourished ...

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Overview


 "This joy is born from knowing that with Him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life's journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable--and there are so many of them!"
--Pope Francis, Homily on Palm Sunday, 24 March 2013

"The Church does not rest solely beneath the shadow of our steeple; rather, she embraces a vast number of peoples and nations who profess the same faith, are nourished by the same Eucharist, and are served by the same pastors."
--Pope Francis, General Audience, 9 October 2013

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Editorial Reviews

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"What did we do to deserve such a man as Pope Francis? Every day the world drops its jaw in wonder at the work of art that is Jorge Mario Bergoglio.  Read this book, and see how he is doing it."--Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.author of Falling Upwards and On the Threshold of Transformation

"A magnificent book, bursting with profound spiritual insights, from a man who has quickly become one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our time."
- James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

“I can't even tell you the sense of wonder and gratitude I am feeling reading The Church of Mercy. Every Christian in at least the western world should read this man...at least read enough to know what Christianity has come upon or been given or will be watching develop over the next few years. This man sees, and is of, the Kingdom of God.”

–Phyllis Tickle, The Great Emergence

“Church of Mercy is a book for our time: the memorable message of love, mercy, and compassion in the words of the man whose deeds incarnate these values in our time. Not only Catholics but every human being who values what is best in us will cherish this book.” 
Michael Leach, author of Why Stay Catholic?

“Catechists are used to making things simple so that those they teach, especially children, can understand God’s Word. This is what makes Pope Francis such a natural catechist: he makes things simple. The Church of Mercy is a Godsend for catechists who will treasure the Holy Father’s simple yet powerful and inspiring words which make faith in Jesus Christ accessible to everyday people in their everyday lives.”
- Joe Paprocki, DMin | National Consultant for Faith Formation 

This collection offers fascinating insight into the mind and heart of someone who has rapidly become one of the world’s most beloved public figures.
– Publishers Weekly

“In this major new work from Loyola Press, Pope Francis reminds us that the goal of Christian faith is not to be right, but to be holy, and that the way to holiness is through a merciful heart, open to God and the world. The pope’s message is a daring invitation to reimagine the Church's whole approach to pastoral ministry and the new evangelization.”
- Fr. Matt Malone, S.J.
President & Editor in Chief, America Magazine

"Pope Francis understands the world he is in, and does not separate himself from it. He does not want a closed Church, but an open one, and knows that ‘a bruised Church is better than an ill Church’. This is a book for everyone."
Joanna Thyer, 12 Steps to Spiritual Freedom (Loyola Press)

"Refreshingly humane, focusing on people rather than institutions. Admirers of Francis and students of church history alike will find this a useful introduction to the pontiff’s thought."
- Kirkus

Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
Former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio recently celebrated his one-year anniversary as Pope Francis. This collection of homilies and public addresses serves as a mission statement for this papacy. Francis preaches the gospel of mercy and invites anyone who will hear him to have a personal relationship with Jesus. He writes about Jesus as a close friend, an intimate companion. Another major theme in Francis’ theology is equating the Catholic Church with the Church of the Poor. This pope is a son of liberation theology, and he believes wholeheartedly that the poor of the world have much to teach Catholicism. He is quick to declare that there is one Catholic Church for all, not multiple churches for multiple constituencies. All are sinners, all require salvation, and all have a place in an open and inviting church. Francis implores the faithful to view one another as brothers and sisters, and to reach out in mercy to one another to alleviate pain, suffering, loneliness, and dread. This collection offers fascinating insight into the mind and heart of someone who has rapidly become one of the world’s most beloved public figures. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-18
In a collection whose original Italian publication marks the first year of his papacy, Pope Francis gathers homilies, sermons and brief essays that point to his most important concerns. Francis—formerly Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires—has been widely hailed as the open, thoroughly modern leader that the Catholic Church has been seeking. Some of his programmatic interests are ancient, however: He devotes three pieces to Mary, "mother of evangelization" and "icon of womanhood." He writes and speaks at greater length, however, on the plight of the poor and the duty of the church to them: "Our faith in Christ," he said in one sermon, "who became poor, and was always close to the poor and the outcast, is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society's most neglected members." Conservative churchmen may find those words to befit Paulo Freire more than the pontiff, but Francis doubles down by frowning on "careerism"—specifically, priestly careerism, the desire to achieve recognition as something other than a pastor—and excoriating "the cult of the god of money": "God our Father gave us the task of protecting the earth—not for money, but for ourselves, for men and women." Consumerism, he adds with respect to the second, is an enemy of the good, encouraging waste; Francis counsels that every time edible food is discarded, we should think of it "as if it were stolen from the table of the poor, from the hungry." Elsewhere, in a moment that distinguishes him from his immediate predecessors, he urges the churchly to extend charity not just to feeding the poor, but improving their condition so that they will be poor no longer. Refreshingly humane, focusing on people rather than institutions. Admirers of Francis and students of church history alike will find this a useful introduction to the pontiff's thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829441703
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 13,439
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


 Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a young man, he worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before entering the Jesuits. He was ordained a priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979, was Argentina's Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was appointed a Cardinal in 2001.

Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, Bergoglio was named his successor on 13 March. He chose the anem Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European Pope in over 1200 years.

Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.

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Table of Contents


Contents

Preface.....xi
PART ONE | THE GOOD NEWS OF CHRIST
1. The Embrace of God's Mercy.....3
2. The Light of Faith.....7
3. The Christian Message.....9
4. The Revolution of Freedom.....12
5. Being with Christ.....15

PART TWO | A POOR CHURCH FOR THE POOR
6. Listen the Cry of the Poor.....23
7. A House of Communion.....26
8. A House That Welcomes All.....30
9. A House of Harmony.....33
10. Sent to Bring the Gospel to All the World.....36

PART THREE | LISTENING TO THE SPIRIT
11. Be Guided by the Holy Spirit.....43
12. Good News, Harmony, Mission.....46

PART FOUR | PROCLAMATION AND TESTIMONY
13. Do Not Be Afraid.....53
14. Bringing the Word of God.....55
15. Called to Proclaim the Gospel.....58
16. Conveying Hope and Joy.....62
17. Giving All.....65

PART FIVE | Full-Time Christians
18. Coming Out of Ourselves.....71
19. Walking ... 75
20. Taking the Cross ... 77
21. Evangelizing ... 80

PART SIX | SHEPHERDS WITH THE "ODOR OF THE SHEEP"
22. To Be a Pastor ... 85
23. Priests Who Come to Serve ... 89
24. The Anointing of the People ... 92

PART SEVEN | THE CHOICE OF THE LAST
25. To the Outskirts of Existence ... 99
26. Hospitality and Service . 102
27. Refugees and Those Uprooted from Life . 104
28. A Culture of Solidarity . 106

PART EIGHT | DEMOLISHING THE IDOLS
29. The Logic of Power and Violence . 111
30. The Cult of the God of Money . 113
31. The Leprosy of Careerism . 115
32. Undressing the Spirit of the World . 117

PART NINE | THE CULTURE OF GOOD
33. Free to Choose Good . 121
34. The Hunger for Dignity . 124
35. The Commitment to Peace . 127
36. For a New Solidarity . 129

PART TEN | MARY, MOTHER OF EVANGELIZATION
37. Her Example . 133
38. Her Faith . 136
39. Her Intercession . 140

List of Sources . 145

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

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    I am breathing a sigh of relief. It's been a long, long time sin

    I am breathing a sigh of relief. It's been a long, long time since we've had someone in the Catholic church around whom we could rally. It's going to take more than simply living in a plain apartment, because we have a quite a ways to go before the church can make up for the sins of its past. However, The Church of Mercy, with writings by this committed, humble, intelligent man, shows me we have a chance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Highly recommend

    This book is perfect. The wisdom of the Pope in short easy to read chapters. I have already benefited from his wisdom. God Bless Pope Francis.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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