EG 46: A Mother With An Open Heart

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdaleneLet’s move to Evangelii Gaudium, Chapter One, section V, “A Mother With An Open Heart.”

Pope Francis wants us to check our pace in the evangelical life. Are we aimless or are we present to others?

Open heart and open door:

46. A Church which “goes forth” is a Church whose doors are open. Going out to others in order to reach the fringes of humanity does not mean rushing out aimlessly into the world. Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way. At times we have to be like the father of the prodigal son, who always keeps his door open so that when the son returns, he can readily pass through it.

There is a reason why this parable is so beloved, and so profound: it describes many realities. It is about two kinds of alienation, and the father of the sons brings that open heart, that open door to both sons. It does not matter if the lost approach us in sincerity or who refuse to see their alienation. Either way we keep it open.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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