m-istaken--ident-ity asked: Can I ask what it's like living in America?
Certainly. I have never lived anywhere else, so I haven’t much of a reference level. I’ve also never been patriotic in any sense, so I feel quite disconnected from the ideal of ‘America’.
People drive on a different side of the road. There are nice people, and there are rude people. Where I live the temperature can change in an instant. One week it can be freezing and the next it’s very hot. our temperatures range from below zero to over 100 degrees.
Many people hate our President because he can’t solve all of the problems the idiot before him left. Fighting a senseless war can mess up a country, and people blame him for many problems he didn’t create. This is annoying to any sensible human being.
Our education system is becoming absurd. Funding is going down, teachers are being told what to do by people who don’t teach at all, and we cater to a way of teaching that attempts to train everyone to be an engineer (which is ridiculous).
There are nice things about America, but also very bad things. We have Hollywood, but that feels very far from where we live (because it is). The South is somewhere that never has appealed to me because there are many extremely religious people who live there, and Southern accents irritate me.
Regardless, I live a very fortunate life here, and it isn’t about the place you live so much as the people you are with. I hope to travel abroad some day, because countries in Europe have a beautiful history.
The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can. He must. Not can: must! Because he has this commandment within him. Instead, this ‘closing off’ that imagines that those outside, everyone, cannot do good is a wall that leads to war and also to what some people throughout history have conceived of: killing in the name of God. That we can kill in the name of God. And that, simply, is blasphemy. To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy.
The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good.
Today is [the feast of] Santa Rita, Patron Saint of impossible things – but this seems impossible: let us ask of her this grace, this grace that all, all, all people would do good and that we would encounter one another in this work, which is a work of creation, like the creation of the Father. A work of the family, because we are all children of God, all of us, all of us! And God loves us, all of us! May Santa Rita grant us this grace, which seems almost impossible. Amen.—
#apologies for length but this is fucking important#still crying about it#because guys#oh my god guys#the pope actually said this#out loud#at massI don’t know if there will ever be enough words#religion#quotes words
OH MAN THIS. THE POPE ACTUALLY SAID THIS. AT MASS. Oh man I like this pope. This pope gets it.
ETERNAL CREATION OF THE PRESENT. THE NECESSITY OF DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE. Holy shit, this pope really gets it.
okay though the likeness of God thing that often gets read as ‘in the appearance of God’ which is ah pretty clearly not a. great interpretation. because then you get to ‘what the hell does God look like anyway’ and it devolves from there but the way it was once explained to me (i believe this was in a christian and the arts class?) was that the main aspect of God is that He is creative and that the act of creativity is His main act (the idea of creative love is kind of big in my conception of God? and i think it shows up in a minor prophet or two not exactly in those words and i mean a lot of the ways that Jesus loved were creative) and so as humans we have inherited God’s creativity for better or for worse (i also tend to think that the process of being is inherently creative because you have to remake yourself at least every day [which is why the articles about ‘the habits of creative people’ bother me because like??? everyone is creative???? no.]) and ah yeah. (i can tell that the pope has read borges.) (borgevino)
I am not Catholic. I was raised Protestant, but I’ve god MAD respect for Pope Francis.
Anonymous asked: You're a prime example of why I appreciate the beauty in life. :)
I am taken completely aback at this comment, all I can say is thank you, and bless you. I don’t even have an appropriate gif for this, it’s too genuine. I am speechless. Thank you, you are very kind.