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‘Beautiful are these three words: forgiveness, love and joy’ – Pope Francis shares Christ’s love

Christ took on our sins so that we might have true freedom, Pope Francis said Saturday during a special audience in St. Peter’s Square, where he gave confirmation to a young man in a wheelchair.
“The word ‘redemption’ is little used, yet it is important because it indicates the most radical liberation that God could perform for us, for all of humanity and the entire creation,” Francis said.

Often, the Pope said, we deny that our sins have any power over us, when in reality they are another type of slavery.

“By becoming one of us, the Lord Jesus not only takes on our human condition, but he raises us to the possibility of being children of God,” Pope Francis said. “By his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ, the Lamb without blemish, has conquered death and sin to free us from their domain.”

The Sept. 10 gathering at the Vatican was the latest in a series of special audiences for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which are being held throughout the year in addition to the weekly general audiences on Wednesdays.

In addition to the audience, on his way to St. Peter’s square Saturday, Pope Francis stopped to greet and confirm as Catholic Giuseppe Chiolo, a young man in a wheelchair, L’Osservatore Romano reported.

Our unwillingness to open ourselves to salvation keeps us from receiving the true freedom provided by God’s forgiveness, Pope Francis preached.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his jubilee general audience. Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his jubilee general audience (Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA).

“We need God to deliver us from all forms of indifference, selfishness and self-sufficiency,” he continued.

Francis noted that life is often difficult and filled with suffering, however, we are invited to turn our gaze on the crucified Jesus, “who suffers for us and with us, as certain proof that God does not abandon us.”

Even in persecution and distress, or in the pain of daily life, God’s merciful hand lifts us up to him and gives us a new life, he said.

“God’s love is boundless: we discover new signs indicating his attention towards us and especially its willingness to reach and go before us.”

“Beautiful are these three words: forgiveness, love and joy. All that He has taken has also been redeemed, liberated and saved,” the Pope continued.

“Our whole life, though marked by the fragility of sin, is placed under the gaze of God who loves us,” he said. “The more we are in need, the more his gaze on us is full of mercy.”




  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Forgiveness – like the forgiveness for an aborted, miscarried or stillborn soul that is sent to Hell for the sin of dying before being baptized? The catechism says that the Church knows of no way to salvation outside of baptism. It lets you believe in Limbo, a suburb of Hell, and you are allowed to “hope” that Catholic God isn’t a complete monster who sends complete innocents to eternal torment in one of the four Hells (in the catechism, its Gehenna – the Jerusalem town dump).
    What about the forgiveness love and joy for a non-believer who will be sent to eternal torment (actually the Green word aionion meant ‘of an age’ not eternal) – but that’s what the RCC teaches and that’s how it translated the word. Where is the forgiveness for all the unnecessary fear it has inflicted on innocent people throughout its history?
    The OT speaks of proportionate justice in several places – that’s what ‘an eye for an eye’ is all about; but what is proportionate about an eternity of Hell when we live here but a handful of decades? If the Pope wants to spread a message of forgiveness, love and joy, he can begin by begging forgiveness for the lies that RCC has told for all these many centuries about Hell, and if Jesus exists, the RCC can beg his forgiveness for turning him into a worse monster than his dad Yahweh. However it is beginning to look like Jesus, (as with Moses) was a mythical figure, a celestial demigod that Paul wrote about, and whom the author of Mark turned into a physical person, but I guess that’s another post…

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    That was supposed to be “Greek” word “aionion.” No way to edit after posting that I’m aware of here.

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