Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pope Francis on salvation

"Christ the Good Shepherd,"  Mausoleum of Galla Placida, Ravenna, ca. 425 AD

After two professor-popes, we have in Francis a pope who is a shepherd.  "Pastoral" is sometimes a code word for liberal, but Francis appears to be pastoral after the example of the original pastor bonus.

From Pope Francis's homily for today:

 “The Lord saves us by His love: not with a letter, nor with a decree, but with his love,” a love so great that it led him to send his Son, who, “became one of us, walked with us,” ... The Holy Father went on to explain that “salvation” means, “the recovery of that dignity, which we have lost,” the dignity of being children of God.

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