"The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel. - Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 114
A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis will draw you into God's unfailing mercy, strengthening, healing and equipping you to fulfill his plan for your life. Spend a few minutes every day with the Holy Father as you read a brief meditation by him followed by a few reflection questions designed to help you ponder and receive God's love.
These bite-sized quotes and engaging questions will fit easily into your busy schedule. But what a powerful few minutes they will be!
God doesn't tire of us, Pope Francis has said, but "we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy." Join him in exploring the infinite love and unfailing compassion of the God who is always "there first," ready to receive and embrace us.
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 name 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.
||Kevin Cotter is a missionary with FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students) where he serves as the Director of Curriculum. He writes on evangelization, discipleship, bible studies, and Pope Francis on the FOCUS Blog and FOCUS' resource website, focusequip.org. As the creator of popealarm.com, Kevin notified over 100,000 people about Pope Francis' election via text and email. He holds a MA in Sacred Scripture from the Augustine Institute and lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Lisa and their young children.
It's important to read Pope Francis in his own words. This book will help you walk with the Holy Father each day, be inspired by his message and take on the heart of a Christian disciple.
- Edward Sri, author of Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel: Rediscovering the Heart of a Disciple
A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis is awesome. Want to grow in your relationship with our Lord? Turn to God's mercy! Let these daily meditations from Pope Francis allow you to experience the mercy of God and show you how to give God's mercy to others.
- Matt Fradd, Founder of ThePornEffect.com
Jesus didn't say 'ponder me.' He said 'follow me.' Christianity isn't a theory. It's a way of life. Kevin Cotter helps us apply the genius of Pope Francis to our lives in practical ways. Take this simple book to heart and it can change your life."
- Chris Stefanick, President of Real Life Catholic