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Pope Francis: The Heart of Spiritual Fatherhood

Pope Francis knows “there is always the temptation to give in to fear and self-pity.” “But we also know that we have been given a spirit of courage and not of timidity.” (To the U.S. bishops, Sept. 23, 2015) To conquer fear, we must experience and remember in our hearts God’s love for us as sons. This will “impel” us to action with “boundless generosity,” sacrifice and love for our spiritual children — our neighbor and the fatherless. We must then challenge our spiritual sons to live from their hearts as spiritual fathers.

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