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Top 10 Mercy Quotes of Pope Francis

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EDITOR's NOTE: Only two months into his papacy, Pope Francis has been eminently quotable. We've culled a few of our favorite quotes. If you have any you'd like to share, please do so in the comments section below. Enjoy!

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I think we too are the people who, on the one hand, want to listen to Jesus, but on the other hand, at times, like to find a stick to beat others with, to condemn others. And Jesus has this message for us: mercy. I think — and I say it with humility — that this is the Lord's most powerful message: mercy.

— Homily on March 17, 2013

It is not easy to entrust oneself to God's mercy, because it is an abyss beyond our comprehension. But we must! ... "Oh, I am a great sinner!" "All the better! Go to Jesus: He likes you to tell him these things!" He forgets, He has a very special capacity for forgetting. He forgets, He kisses you, He embraces you and He simply says to you: "Neither do I condemn you; go, and sin no more" (Jn 8:11).

— Homily on March 17, 2013

Jesus' attitude is striking: we do not hear the words of scorn, we do not hear words of condemnation, but only words of love, of mercy, which are an invitation to conversation. "Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again." Ah! Brothers and Sisters, God's face is the face of a merciful father who is always patient. Have you thought about God's patience, the patience He has with each one of us? That is His mercy. He always has patience, patience with us, He understands us, He waits for us, He does not tire of forgiving us if we are able to return to Him with a contrite heart. "Great is God's mercy," says the Psalm.

— Angelus on March 17, 2013

In the past few days I have been reading a book by a Cardinal ... Cardinal Kasper said that feeling mercy, that this word changes everything. This is the best thing we can feel: it changes the world. A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just. We need to understand properly this mercy of God, this merciful Father who is so patient. ... Let us remember the Prophet Isaiah who says that even if our sins were scarlet, God's love would make them white as snow. This mercy is beautiful.

— Angelus on March 17, 2013

God's mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14). ... Let us be renewed by God's mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.

— Easter Urbi et Orbi message on March 31, 2013

Together let us pray to the Virgin Mary that she helps us ... to walk in faith and charity, ever trusting in the Lord's mercy; He always awaits us, loves us, has pardoned us with His Blood and pardons us every time we go to Him to ask His forgiveness. Let us trust in His mercy!

— Regina Caeli on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013

In today's Gospel, the Apostle Thomas personally experiences this mercy of God. ... Thomas does not believe it when the other Apostles tell him: "We have seen the Lord." ... And how does Jesus react? With patience: Jesus does not abandon Thomas in his stubborn unbelief ... He does not close the door, He waits. And Thomas acknowledges his own poverty, his little faith. "My Lord and my God!": with this simple yet faith-filled invocation, he responds to Jesus' patience. He lets himself be enveloped by Divine Mercy; he sees it before his eyes, in the wounds of Christ's hands and feet and in His open side, and he discovers trust.

— Homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013

Let us ... remember Peter: three times he denied Jesus, precisely when he should have been closest to him; and when he hits bottom he meets the gaze of Jesus who patiently, wordlessly, says to him: "Peter, don't be afraid of your weakness, trust in Me." Peter understands, he feels the loving gaze of Jesus and he weeps. How beautiful is this gaze of Jesus — how much tenderness is there! Brothers and sisters, let us never lose trust in the patience and mercy of God!

— Homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013

I am always struck when I reread the parable of the merciful Father. ... The Father, with patience, love, hope and mercy, had never for a second stopped thinking about [his wayward son], and as soon as he sees him still far off, he runs out to meet him and embraces him with tenderness, the tenderness of God, without a word of reproach. ... God is always waiting for us, He never grows tired. Jesus shows us this merciful patience of God so that we can regain confidence and hope — always!

— Homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013

God's patience has to call forth in us the courage to return to Him, however many mistakes and sins there may be in our life. ... It is there, in the wounds of Jesus, that we are truly secure; there we encounter the boundless love of His heart. Thomas understood this. Saint Bernard goes on to ask: But what can I count on? My own merits? No, "My merit is God's mercy. I am by no means lacking merits as long as He is rich in mercy. If the mercies of the Lord are manifold, I too will abound in merits." This is important: the courage to trust in Jesus' mercy, to trust in His patience, to seek refuge always in the wounds of His love.

— Homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013

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Maureen - Apr 6, 2018

please anyone who sees this, pray for my husband today. For our marriage to survive.

John Pio - Mar 24, 2017

All we need is for both of our parents to be merciful and let us get married since we presently have a son James-Pope.

John Pio - Mar 24, 2017

I want to marry this lady that is not my tribe but my own tribe or people forbids us from marrying from that tribe. I have asked God's mercy and forgiveness because I got the lady in particular pregnant so that my parents and her parents will accept both of us. I hope God who is mercy and as acclaimed by the Pope will show us mercy because (God) has mercifully granted her safe delivery. Yet my parents and hers are yet to come to terms because of the said tradition.

Maria - Jun 1, 2016

I love all the quotes of Pope Francis. And, I love Pope Francis.
Let us do our best to pray to The Divine Mercy, and, say yes.

El Chinito - Jan 7, 2016

MAJOR KEY to SUCCESS : pray and after your done, pray ANOTHER ONE.

El Chinito - Jan 7, 2016


Dj Khalid - Jan 7, 2016

Another one, Another one, and Another one. Is what pope francis will be saying all year long

Bubby - Jan 7, 2016

i like god

Gram - Dec 24, 2015

Those of us who were raised in a moralizing church are having to re think. I believe that we must be careful though.,we may tend to swing the opposite way. There still is sin but we must love the sinner. A fine line.
The relatives who were all brought up moralizing still will do so and with us. Old habits die hard.
My family hates my moralizing and I see why.
But they are doing it too and it is really sad because if I try to discuss this with them they are not open. They often counteract me even if what I say they may agree with.
We are in a huge transition in the church. We better be cautious and not forget morals altogether. I now see why my family avoids me and it is due to my moralizing.

Jim Miller, Lay Apostle of Divine Mercy - May 8, 2015

Experience the Jubilee Year of Mercy by, "Encountering the Face of Jesus".
Pope Frances has said that, "the Holy Year of Mercy is dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which God constantly extends to us." And Pope Frances message in the Jubilee Year is the message of Jesus' Divine Mercy, "Do deeds of mercy in word, prayer and action for those in need and for your neighbor." (Diary 1275) Scripture has told us this for centuries, "Be merciful as your Heavenly Father is merciful.' Luke 6:36 St. Faustina taught us, "Oh Lord all this is for You and to obtain mercy for poor sinners." Diary 1637
We, along with Pope Frances and the whole Church are doing this year what Jesus requested of us, "Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God." Diary 301

Janet Hauter - Apr 16, 2015

So all this talk about mercy helps us admire Francis in a way that exceeds our understanding because we have never had such an affect for a Pontiff. My question is how do WE translate this into action? If the People of God began to think and behave in this manner, what kind of world would we see?

Lloyd - Apr 14, 2015

Truely says our Pontiff...God is so merciful,he just loves to come into us and remain with us.we should be open to the spirit and not become stubborn.regid rules are necessary and they are useful to keep the society in order..but we can have fair discussion and problems can be solved..why think that we are more holier then the rest...remember the prodigal son who spent his wealth(graces and virtues)on prostitutes.if he son was prodigal in spending lavishly,then the father was also prodigal in forgiving.show mercy and receive mercy.amen

Lisa - Mar 20, 2015

Dear Fran,

We're praying for you1 Trust in His mercy. He ALWAYS comes through!

Aaron - May 16, 2014

To Fran: I don't know anything and I'm sorry it's like almost a year later to put this reply out there for you, but you might want to start by having a private conversation with your pastor about what you have experienced if you haven't already.

Fran. - Jun 28, 2013

I am suffering right now the pains of betrayal, persecution and abscence of love from those whom I have served with love giving of my time and goodwill and income. I feel so unloved and cheated of my inheritance by avaricious siblings I have never witnessed such evil from my family whom i served faithfully. I pray for healing and mercy for us all but I can't help thinking if God is merciful to everyone then what separates those who try so hard to follow Him and those who go through life not caring about the pain they cause others when we all will be washed with his mercy?
I trust in Him, I 'm in pain and alone.

Jane - Jun 18, 2013

If God is merciful and patient with us all the time, it is our duty to pray to him to always grant us with his mercy and patience in all times of our tribulations and desperations. He is a faithfull God, who will never let us drown in the deep seas. Blessed be his Holy Name, Amen.

Helen - May 17, 2013

Wow! Pope Francis is really on a "mercy roll!" Praise God!