Pope's quotes: The best of a human heart

A quote from Pope Francis:

"In our time, some cultural orientations no longer acknowledge the imprint of divine wisdom either in the realities created, or those of man. Human nature is thus reduced to mere matter, that may be molded according to any design. Our humanity, however, is unique and so precious in God's eyes. For this reason, the first nature to protect, so that it may bear fruit, is our human nature itself … a great variety of virtues will then be able to bloom. Virtue is the most authentic expression of the good that man, with God's help, is able to achieve. … It is not merely a habit, but the constantly renewed decision to choose good. … It is the highest expression of human freedom. Virtue is the best that the human heart offers. When the heart drifts away from the good and the truth contained in the Word of God, it runs many risks, is without direction and risks mistaking good for bad and bad for good. … Those who embark on this slippery slope fall into the trap of moral error and are oppressed by growing existential anguish."

-- Address to Pontifical Academy for Life, March 3, 2016

Visit EarthBeat, NCR's new reporting project that explores the ways Catholics and other faith groups are taking action on the climate crisis.

Editor’s note: We can send you a biweekly email alert with content from The Francis Chronicles. Follow the directions on our email alert signup page.


Join the Conversation

Send your thoughts and reactions to Letters to the Editor. Learn more here

Advertisement