A church which is bruised ...

"I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has

been out on the streets,

rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined

and from clinging to its own security ...

More than by fear of going astray,

my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up

within structures which give us a false sense of security,

within rules which make us harsh judges,

within habits which make us feel safe,

while at our door people are starving

and Jesus does not tire of saying to us,

'Give them something to eat.'"

(Pope Francis)

Tags: Called to Community, Living Gratefully, Living Hospitably, God's Mission, Mission of the Church, The Marginalized