Drawing on his own experience as a priest and shepherd for his book, Pope Francis discusses mercy, a subject of central importance in his teaching and testimony, and in addition sums up other ideas--reconciliation, the closeness of God--that comprise the heart of his papacy. Written in conversation with Vatican expert and La Stampa journalist Andrea Tornielli, it is directed at everyone, inside or outside of the Catholic Church, seeking meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, or the healing of physical or spiritual wounds.
"If the Lord didn't forgive everything, our world would not exist."
"The Church Fathers teach us that a shattered heart is the most pleasing
He who complains about others being forgiven "speaks the truth," because wrong has been done, "but at the same time he disqualifies himself," because he lacks mercy.
"None of us should speak of injustice without thinking of all the injustices we have committed before God."
"Corruption is the sin which, rather than being recognized as such and making us humble, is elevate to a system, it becomes a mental habit, a way of living. We no longer feel the need for forgiveness and mercy, but we justify ourselves and our behaviors... the corrupt man always has the gall to say: "It wasn't me!"... The corrupt man gets angry because his wallet is stolen and so he complains about the lack of safety on the streets, but then he is the one who cheats the state by evading taxes, or else he fires his employees every three months so he doesn't have to hire them with a permanent contract... He is the one who goes to Mass every Sunday but has no problem using his powerful position to demand kickbacks."
It's interesting to see how much of Francis's rhetoric is aimed at people who think of themselves as progressive: gay people might be sinners, but they're not corrupt; the corrupt are the rich and the politically conservative. It's also true, though, that progressives are corrupt in the terms that Francis describes here: they (we), too, have the gall to say that nothing is our fault.