“I would be scared to feel more important, you know? That I am scared of, because the devil’s cunning, eh? He’s cunning and he makes you feel like you are in power, that you can do this and that… but like St. Peter says, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion. Thank God I haven’t lost that yet, have I? And if you ever see that I have please tell me; tell me; and if you can’t tell me in private, tell me in public, but tell me: ‘Look, you should change! Because it’s obvious isn’t it?’” —Pope Francis, on September 17, 2013, speaking to the priests of Rome (link). This was eight years ago, just six months after his election as Pope on March 13, 2013. It was also just four days before the 60th anniversary of his vocation to the priesthood, which came in a church in Buenos Aires on September 21, 1953, when he was 16 years old. Francis was ordained a priest on December 13, 1969, just four days before his 33rd birthday. His vocation dates back to 21 September 1953, the Feast of St. Matthew, the tax collector converted by Jesus: it was during a confession that day, that the future Pope had a profound experience of God’s mercy (link)

    “8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the Gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.” —St. Paul, Second Letter to Timothy, 1:8-14 

    “O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you…” —St. Paul, Second Letter to Timothy, 1:14

Praise the Lord

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