A church of mercy and love
February 14, 2016

I just finished reading most of Pope Francis’ book The Church of Mercy. It is rich in spiritual teaching. Except for a few comments about the Virgin Mary the book could have been written by any Brethren in Christ bishop!

Pope Francis deals with fundamental biblical and Anabaptist themes, such as simplicity, radical obedience to God, witness, love, peacemaking, meeting human need, and rejecting the false values of our culture.


Here are a few comments from page 19 on the subject of Being with Christ:

“Jesus does not say, Go off and do things on your own. No! Jesus says, Go, for I am with you.”

“If we go out to bring his Gospel with love…he goes ahead of us, and he gets there first. As we say in Spanish, nos primerea.”

“This is fundamental for us: God is always ahead of us! When we think about going far away, to an extreme outskirt, we may be a bit afraid, but in fact God is already there. Jesus is waiting for us in the hearts of our brothers and sisters, in their wounded bodies, in their hardships, in their lack of faith.”


This reality builds peace in us and prepares us for faithful service in every situation.

To my blog readers, have you read any of Pope Francis’ writings? If so, what are your thoughts?

London Journal – Friday, May 15, 2009
May 16, 2009

I have started reading again the Gospel of Mark. I noted the way Jesus began his preaching ministry.

Los Angeles Journal – Sunday, February 1, 2009
February 2, 2009

The work of the church goes forward in all kinds of ways by all kinds of workers.