from: Pope Francis Preface by Federico Lombardi, Editor Antonio Spadaro
Experience the morning homilies of Pope Francis and witness how he continues to change the life of the Catholic Church.
Shortly after seven in the morning, Pope Francis gives a brief homily in the little Vatican chapel of Saint Martha, in front of an audience that is always different: gardeners, office workers, nuns and priests, as well as a growing group of journalists. It is a set appointment, and in some ways a revolutionary innovation, where a pope speaks to everyone, off the cuff, without any written text, as he would have done as a parish priest.
Encountering Truth is a collection of highlights from these homilies from March 2013 to May 2014. Along with summaries by Radio Vaticana (who recorded and transcribed the homilies) and commentary by Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, these reflections provide moments of inspiration, simplicity, and a glimpse into the papal world very few ever get to experience.
"In the very first weeks after the election, I thought that the morning Mass at Saint Martha's with a group of faithful and with the homily was one of the most characteristic aspects of the pontificate of Pope Francis," writes Father Frederico Lombardi, S.J., Director General of Vatican Radio, in the preface.
"As Pope Francis explains in his apostolic exhortation Evangelli Gaudium, the way in which a priest gives his homilies says a lot about his interior and apostolic qualities, and this continues to hold true when this priest becomes pope," writes Father Lombardi.
The homilies of Pope Francis in Encountering Truth follow the readings of the day and are therefore arranged in chronological order. Although the homilies are not arranged by category, readers can expect to encounter reflections on a broad range of topics.