Need for unity and prophesy in the Church

Pope Francis spoke on the need for prophecy in the Church today, saying “prophecy is born whenever we allow ourselves to be challenged by God, not when we are concerned to keep everything quiet and under control. When the Gospel overturns certainties, prophecy arises.

Jul 05, 2020

By Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis spoke on the need for prophecy in the Church today, saying “prophecy is born whenever we allow ourselves to be challenged by God, not when we are concerned to keep everything quiet and under control. When the Gospel overturns certainties, prophecy arises. Only someone who is open to God’s surprises can become a prophet.”

Francis added that “we need lives that manifest the miracle of the love of God. Not forcefulness, but forthrightness. Not palaver, but prayer. Not speeches, but service. You want a prophetic Church? Then begin to serve and stop talking. Not theory, but testimony.”

Moreover, he said, “We do not need to become rich, but rather to love the poor. We are not to save up for ourselves, but to spend ourselves for others, not to seek the approval of the world... We need pastors who offer their lives” like Peter and Paul. What they did “was prophecy. And it changed history.” -- America Magazine

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