Pope Francis' Little Book of Compassion

The Essential Teachings

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"Compassion, "to suffer with," as it appears in this palm-sized book compiling quotes excerpted from Pope Francis's public remarks, is more than a feeling. It is action, explains journalist Assaf, who has covered three pontificates and written for Inside the Vatican. She notes that, in Christian terms, compassion begins with receiving the compassion of God. The wisdoms and lessons gathered here, intended to inspire readers to act as agents of healing, forgiveness, and joy, presume familiarity with the vocabulary and syntax of traditional Christianity, but the book's main parts (arranged into the categories of mercy, prayer, forgiveness, solidarity, charity and service, hospitality, and Jesus) aren't complicated theological arguments. Instead, Assaf provides ecumenical reminders for kindness and care. The words of Pope Francis, known for his manner of humility, strong openness, and transparent concern, lend these gems particular resonance. Readers may take issue with details such as the categorization of particular quotes, but they will value the timeless reminders to "[find] God in every human being" or to complete prayer with action." --Publishers Weekly, (January 2017)
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Book Details

Pages

400 Pages

Size

4.25 x 5

Format

Trade Paperback

Pub. Date

03/01/2017

ISBN

978-1-57174-778-5

Publisher

Hampton Roads Publishing

Pope Francis is a pope of the people, and his teachings have been praised and shared by the faithful and nonreligious alike. Exploring themes universal to all people, Pope Francis’ Little Book of Compassion offers inspiration and hope from one of the world’s great spiritual leaders. In it, the Holy Father explores how living a life of compassion can be practiced in five areas of life: prayer, mercy, forgiveness, solidarity, and charity.

Pope Francis appears to be changing the face of Roman Catholicism. He has infused the fusty institution with openness and optimism, faced off against established power interests within the Vatican, reformed the Church’s finances, and, most importantly, asked that Catholics approach one another and non-Catholics with candor, humility, and love. He has made the papacy and the Church relevant once again.

Words from Pope Francis:
“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.”
“There is so much indifference in the face of suffering. May we overcome indifference with concrete acts of charity.”

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"Compassion, "to suffer with," as it appears in this palm-sized book compiling quotes excerpted from Pope Francis's public remarks, is more than a feeling. It is action, explains journalist Assaf, who has covered three pontificates and written for Inside the Vatican. She notes that, in Christian terms, compassion begins with receiving the compassion of God. The wisdoms and lessons gathered here, intended to inspire readers to act as agents of healing, forgiveness, and joy, presume familiarity with the vocabulary and syntax of traditional Christianity, but the book's main parts (arranged into the categories of mercy, prayer, forgiveness, solidarity, charity and service, hospitality, and Jesus) aren't complicated theological arguments. Instead, Assaf provides ecumenical reminders for kindness and care. The words of Pope Francis, known for his manner of humility, strong openness, and transparent concern, lend these gems particular resonance. Readers may take issue with details such as the categorization of particular quotes, but they will value the timeless reminders to "[find] God in every human being" or to complete prayer with action." --Publishers Weekly, (January 2017)