Pope Francis: ‘Good pastors always have compassion’

Taken from catholic herald

Pope Francis pictured in Paraguay earlier this month (CNS)

The Pontiff spoke to crowds in St Peter’s Square on Sunday before reciting the Angelus

A good pastor always sees what people are going through, feels compassion and then nourishes them with God’s Word, Pope Francis has said.

Seeing and being moved to pity “have always been associated with Jesus,” the Good Shepherd, he said on July 19 before reciting the Angelus with visitors gathered in St Peter’s Square.

“In fact, his gaze isn’t the gaze of a sociologist or a photojournalist because he always looks with ‘the eyes of the heart’,” he said.

With the Sunday recitations of the Angelus prayer scheduled to be Pope Francis’ only public events in late July, visitors flocked to St Peter’s Square. The Pope congratulated those who stood on the black cobblestones and under the hot midday sun, saying, “I see you are courageous with this heat in the square — good job!”

He said the day’s Gospel reading, Mark 6:30-34, talks about Jesus seeing a vast crowd and feeling sorry for them because “they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.”

“Jesus sees, Jesus has compassion, Jesus teaches us. This is beautiful,” he said.

Pope Francis said he had wanted that same spirit and approach to guide him through his “unforgettable” trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay on July 5-12.

He thanked all those who made the trip possible and he thanked the people for their warm welcome.

The entire Latin American continent, he said, has enormous “human and spiritual potential and safeguards deeply rooted Christian values, but it also experiences serious social and economic problems.”

The Church will continue to “mobilise the spiritual and moral forces of its communities” and collaborate with all people in solving these problems, he said

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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