Loading
Archbishop Chaput lauds Pope's display of God's tenderness
Archbishop Chaput at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
Archbishop Chaput at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

.- Pope Francis’ papacy has been marked by a distinct emphasis on the poor and a unique ability to convey God’s tenderness, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said Oct. 1 at the seminary of his archdiocese.

“Anyone hoping for - or worried about - a break by Pope Francis from Catholic teaching on matters of substance is going to be mistaken,” the archbishop said at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.

“At the same time, the tone of this pontificate will certainly be distinct from anything in the past century.”

His address was part of the Philadelphia archdiocese's Year of Faith lecture series.

Archbishop Chaput particularly noted how the Pope has attracted the attention of so many people.

“The reason the world has paused for Pope Francis – if only for a little while – is that so many people sense in him something more than himself; not just God’s truth and God’s justice, but God’s tenderness.”

He said that Pope Francis is shaped by “the global south” and by “the poor who inhabit it.”

“God will guide his Church. And God will fill this holy man who is our Pope with the wisdom to lead us well.”

Archbishop Chaput examined the goals of the Year of Faith, which lasts from Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 24, 2013. He explained that the observance is intended to help encourage Christians to profess their faith “more fully and with conviction,” to deepen their encounter with Jesus Christ in the liturgy and the Eucharist, and to witness to the faith through the example of their lives.

He warned against treating Christianity as only habit and appearance, saying, “the words and habits of religion are easy. We can sometimes use them to fool ourselves. We need to drill down below the counterfeit Christianity so many of us prefer into the substance of who we are and what we really treasure.”

Catholics, he said, “need to let God transform us from the inside out,” adding that this conversion requires “humility, patience and love.”

“It requires letting go of the desire to vindicate ourselves at the expense of others. So much of modern life, even in the Church, is laced with a spirit of anger. And anger is an addiction as intense and as toxic as crack,” he warned.

The archbishop admonished against identifying the “new evangelization” with techniques, technologies or programs.

Rather, its main instrument is “you and me.”

“There’s no way around those words: Repent and believe in the gospel. The world will change only when you change, when we change, because hearts are won by pe rsonal witness. And we can’t share what we don’t have.”

Repentance, he said, “makes us new” by “healing the evil we’ve done.” Belief in the gospel gives Christians hope that despite their failures and sins, “the greatness of God’s love can reach down and redeem even us.”

The archbishop also discussed what Benedict XVI called the modern world’s “profound crisis of faith” and the modern world’s inability to find happiness.

“Human beings are more than a bundle of appetites. Our longings go beyond what we can see and touch and taste. We were made for God.”  

Materialist answers to questions about the soul “can never be more than a narcotic,” he reflected.

“So much of the suffering in modern American life – we see it every day – can be traced to our misdirected desires, and the distractions we use to feed them. We look for joy and purpose in things that can never give us either.”

He said Catholics need to prove their beliefs through “the zeal and joy of our lives.”

Catholics need to “forgive each other, protect the weak, serve the needy, raise the young in virtue, speak with courage, and work for the truth without ceasing – always in a spirit of love.”

Archbishop Chaput said God’s love is “the heart of the matter.”

He prayed that God “turn our hearts to him, and make us a 'fire upon the earth' – a fire that lifts up his creation in love.”

Tags: Archbishop Chaput, Year of Faith


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
17

Liturgical Calendar

April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 13:1-15

Gospel
Date
04/17/14
04/16/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14
Second Reading:: 1 Cor 11:23-26
Gospel:: Jn 13:1-15

Homily of the Day

Jn 13:1-15

Homily
Date
04/17/14
04/16/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: