Father Stefan reflects on Pope Francis ‘Joy of the Gospel’ A Mother with an Open Heart

Pope Francis writes, “The Church is called to be a house of the Father, with doors always wide open. One concrete sign of such openness is that our church is that our church doors should always be open, so that is someone, moved by the Spirit, comes there looking for God, he or she will not find a closed door.” 

The Door of Jesus Heart is always open. Jesus says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him.(Rev 3:20) We never know when grace will touch someone heart. They might go the church and the doors are locked. The Church should reflect the Heart of Jesus. Jesus says He is the Door. The catechism says, “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the Door which gives access to the other sacraments.”(1213) 

“Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church; everyone can be part of the community, nor should the doors the sacraments be closed for simply any reason…The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of the sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the week.”

Here at St Timothy we have adoration all day long. It is beautiful to see hundreds of people coming to spend time with Jesus. Recently, a man that I see in adoration chapel every day said to me, “What is that white thing that the man in black takes out of the box and put out for all to see.” I said, “It is Jesus” David went on to tell me that he is a Muslim from Iran. He said, “I just feel the presence of God in this room.”  This is cute, every time I see David he says, “Father Stefan you are so blessed because every day you get to talk to The Jesus.”

Pope Francis writes, “I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting, and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy for being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a church concerned with being at the center and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light, and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life.”

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