119. The same Christ who, by his cross, saved us from our sins, today continues to save and redeem us by the power of his total self-surrender. Look to his cross, cling to him, let him save you, for “those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness”.[Evangelii Gaudium 1] And if you sin and stray far from him, he will come to lift you up by the power of his cross. Never forget that “he forgives us seventy times seven. Time and time again, he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness that never disappoints but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew”.[Ibid., 3]
There’s a lot here, not to mention the Jesuit undercurrent.
- Salvation is not a one-time event, either in history or personally. Pope Francis recognizes we continue to be in need, and Jesus stands ready to supply our needs.
- Human dignity is rooted in the divine regard for us.
- In our state of life, God’s tenderness to us is a constant. Nothing yet has created a final thumbs-down judgment.
Any comments? The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.
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