When receiving news of a recent birth, it is not unusual to say or hear that another child of God has been born. Although this common expression, granted that it is not intentionally erroneous, is nonetheless profoundly imprecise. Just who can someone truly call their child? Can this title be given to the son or daughter of one’s neighbor? Or to one’s dog? Or even to a picture that one has painted? To really be someone’s son or daughter, it is necessary to have received the parents’ nature. That is why we call those who have transmitted human life to us our mother and our father. We also have an unsurpassable Father, our Heavenly Father, who wishes to transmit to us a much more elevated and invaluable life – the divine life, for He wants to be able to sincerely call us His children. This magnificent gift is granted to us by sanctifying grace. Consequently, at birth we cannot yet say that we are children of God. As Jesus said to Nicodemus: we must be born again! Nothing could be more excusable than this common theological inexactitude… Excusable, that is, for those who do not have the mission ex officio to teach the Truth…
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May the Lord grant us peace in our hearts,” Pope Francis prayed. May He “take away all desire for greed, covetousness, for fighting. No! Peace, peace!” the Pope exclaimed again. So that “our heart is the heart of a man or woman of peace. And beyond the divisions of religions: everyone, everyone, everyone! Because we are all children of God
. And God is the God of peace. There is no god of war. He who makes war is evil; it is the devil who wants to kill everyone. (Homily, Casa Santa Marta, September 20, 2016
Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty we have for all: we are all children of God
. (Prayer intentions, January 2016, The Pope Video
The Son of God became incarnate in order to instill the feeling of brotherhood in the souls of men. All are brothers and all children of God.
Abba, as he called the Father. I will show you the way, he said. Follow me and you will find the Father and you will all be his children and he will take delight in you. Agape, the love of each one of us for the other
, from the closest to the furthest, is in fact the only way that Jesus has given us to find the way of salvation and of the Beatitudes.
(Interview with Eugenio Scalfari, October 1, 2013
Note 1: The authors of this study are aware that the Vatican Press Office has denied the interpretations that some media sources have attributed to certain affirmations contained in the interviews of Francis with Eugenio Scalfari. On the other hand, it is noteworthy that some of these sources are still published on the Vatican website (found by clicking on the links of the articles), lending an official air to their content, seemingly with the approval of Francis himself. In the midst of all the turmoil and confusion caused, we always feel that a presentation of the true doctrine should be made with clarity, together with such affirmations. We must not forget that the majority of the public read only the titles that the media publishes, and, as we know, the latter frequently manipulate the truth. Consequently, it appears that a mere declaration that the content of these interviews does not correspond with the textual words of Francis, is simply not sufficient. As such, we publish this article with the intention of clarifying and orienting the faithful, who have always been the principle objective of this page, as we expressed in our letter of presentation. In this way, each one can make a correct judgment, having beforehand attained knowledge of the truth.
In our daily prayers let us say to Jesus: “Lord, look at this brother, look at this sister who is suffering so much, suffering atrociously!” They experience the limit, the very limit between life and death. And there are consequences for us: this experience must spur us to promote religious freedom for everyone, everyone! Every man and every woman must be free in his or her profession of religion, whatever it may be. Why? Because that man and that woman are children of God.
(Vigil of Pentecost with the Ecclesial Movements, May 18, 2013
In this “stepping out” it is important to be ready for encounter. For me this word is very important. Encounter with others. Why? Because faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others.
We live in a culture of conflict, a culture of fragmentation, a culture in which I throw away what is of no use to me, a culture of waste. Yet on this point, I ask you to think –and it is part of the crisis– of the elderly, who are the wisdom of a people, think of the children… the culture of waste! However, we must go out to meet them, and with our faith we must create a “culture of encounter”, a culture of friendship, a culture in which we find brothers and sisters, in which we can also speak with those who think differently, as well as those who hold other beliefs, who do not have the same faith. They all have something in common with us: they are images of God, they are children of God.
Going out to meet everyone, without losing sight of our own position. (Vigil of Pentecost with the Ecclesial Movements, May 18, 2013
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