Another great article by our Pope which ties in with Our Lady’s messages of Medjugorje to be “apostles of love”.

St. Paul announced Jesus Christ to “idol worshippers” in Athens without attacking them, but by building bridges, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

“We also ask the Holy Spirit today to teach us to build bridges with culture, with those who do not believe or with those who have a creed different from ours. Always build bridges, always reach out, never aggression,” Pope Francis said Nov. 6 in St. Peter’s Square.

“Let us ask him for his ability to delicately inculturate the message of faith, placing on those who are in ignorance of Christ, a contemplative gaze, moved by a love that warms even the most hardened hearts,” he said at the general audience.

In his weekly catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles, Pope Francis described St. Paul’s discourse on the Areopagus as an example of inculturation of the Catholic faith in Athens.

“In the heart of one of the most famous institutions of the ancient world, the Areopagus, he achieved an extraordinary example of inculturation of the message of faith: he announces Jesus Christ to idol worshipers, and he does not do so by attacking them, but by becoming … a builder of bridges,” Pope Francis said.

Paul “shudders inside to see a city full of idols,” the pope said, quoting Acts 17:16. He added that this encounter with paganism pushed St. Paul to “build a bridge of dialogue with the culture.”

Looking upon Athens with the eyes of faith, “drives him [Paul] to open a path between the Gospel and the pagan world.”

“In this way Paul observes culture, observes the environment of Athens starting from a contemplative gaze which discovers that it is God who lives in their houses, in their streets and in their squares,” he said.

Francis added: “This makes us wonder about our way of looking at our cities: Do we observe with indifference? With contempt? Or with the faith that recognizes the children of God in the midst of anonymous crowds?

Full article https://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2019/11/07/pope-francis-st-paul-announced-christ-to-idol-worshippers-without-attacking-them/

As I reflect on this I think of how many times I’ve used the same expression in terms of evangisation of lgbt community!

I even named my go-fund page (which was a failure as so few had any heart to help)

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bridge-of-love

But I guess seeing how much some people hate the pope and his pastoral approach I shouldn’t be surprised that I’d be hated too by many!

Yet Francis doesn’t seem to care! He’s a man of the people and is doing his best and so am I!

So today please join me in praying for the pope and that we may become the builders of bridges and the apostles of love that both he and Our Lady are asking for!