In his first official book published as Pope, in celebration of his Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis here addresses all humanity in an intimate and personal dialogue. At the center of this book is the subject closest to his heart - mercy, which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy. These words resonate with a desire to reach all those souls who are looking for meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, and the healing of physical and spiritual wounds.
In this conversation with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli, Francis explains - through memories from his youth and moving anecdotes from his experiences as a pastor - his reasons for proclaiming a Holy Year of Mercy. He reiterates that the church cannot close the door on anyone - that, on the contrary, its duty is to find its way into the consciousness of people so that they can assume responsibility for and move away from the bad things they have done.
And to those who already count themselves among the ranks of the just, Francis counsels, "Even the Pope is a man who needs the mercy of God."
The Name of God Is Mercy is being published in more than 80 countries around the world.
Translated by Oonagh Stransky.
©2016 Pope Francis (P)2016 Random House Audio
What a man the people have to lead ...it talks about mercy,not from God.he gives that freely.. But for us to have mercy ,,on our fellow man on our family on races and religions we don't understand.. More important it tells us how..
Wonderful invitation to all. God wants only one thing from us: a relationship which allows us to receive endless forgiveness and mercy.
The second half of the book is the Holy Father's declaration of 2016 as the Year of Mercy in The Church.
I absolutely loved it. It is a message for all mankind! I totally recommend it!
Reading this book helped me remember that we are called to be like God; and, like God, we must be merciful. This book highlights for me the need for mercy in a world that is hurting.
Very touching moments of life. Feel like walking with true God the Father. So much relief and lightness of heart. Meaning for life and worth living.
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I keep meaning to read something by Pope Francis. But I have not up until now. Or really I still have not, but this is closer. The Name of God is Mercy was on sale at audible, so I picked it up last week.
It is short, only 3 hours. Two hours of it is a transcribed interview between an Italian reporter and the Pope. The last hour is the official statement on the Year of Mercy.
The interview was interesting. The most striking thing for me was how much of the interview revolved around a discussion of sin. I do not internally connect Mercy and Sin, but Pope Francis did.
Part of this is differences in the theology of sin between Catholics and Protestants. I read George Marsden’s biography of the book Mere Christianity right after this and Marsden has a discussion about the difference between Catholic and Protestant theologies of sin that was helpful. My short, and overly simplistic explanation is that for Protestants, the importance of sin is that it separates us from God. So the real issue for Protestants is that we need forgiveness. And Protestants tend to then focus on the permanence of forgiveness.
Catholics of course agree that sin is a separation from God. But they do not stop there. That separation from God does something to harm the sinner, not just the relationship. So Catholic theology focuses much more on the repair and healing of the individual as part of the process of forgiveness. This is part of why there is not only absolution of sin (which most Protestants assume, but do not received as part of a religious act) but also penance. Penance in most Protestant minds is just 10 hail Mary’s and two Our Fathers and done. But the point of penance is healing of the damage of sin. We cannot heal the damage ourselves, but we can participate in the healing by seeking out both penance and working to restore the object of the sin (seek forgiveness from others, pay back what was stolen, repair what was broken, etc.)
So the Year of Mercy as I understand it from this book is more about building relationship with those that are alienated from the Church, because the Pope want to help bring about healing. I think at least in this point, I am probably more Catholic than Protestant.
I listened to this on an audiobook. And I listened to about 20 minutes of the proclamation for the Year of Mercy and gave up. That type of statement doesn’t translate well to audio and I did not think I really needed it anyway. This is not a book I would highly recommend. The interview was interesting, but it was pretty short. If you found this on sale in a used book bin or at the library, it might be worth reading. But certainly not for $10 or $15.
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