UPDATED Sept. 27: How amazing is that? The pope just got done speaking to catechists tonight about his use of threes!
He posed a question and then prepared to give some answers:
“First of all, I will talk about three things: one, two, three, like old-timer Jesuits used to do, right? One, two, three!” he smiled, as the audience laughed and clapped.
Prophetic? or does he read the CNSBlog!!??
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis likes to boil most of his talks down to three bullet points.
The most memorable was his first homily as pope in a Mass with the cardinals who elected him, where he summed up faith in Jesus as being three kinds of movement: journeying, building, professing.
In some cases, like that March 14 Mass, he was capturing themes evident in the day’s three readings, but in most cases the “Rule of Three” works for Pope Francis as a simple framework upon which to hang just a few key concepts, making them easier for his audience to remember.
Since the pope basically inundated us with a huge number of texts this weekend, I thought it might be a fun time-saver for readers if they had a summary of Pope Francis’ important points by pulling out his “Famous Threes” from Sunday in Sardinia and Saturday at the Vatican:
Visit with young people in Cagliari:
- Experiencing failure, frustration, delusion.
- Trust in Jesus (“who approaches our failures, fragility and sins to transform them.”)
- Go out and be fishers of men (because experiencing Christ, his love, his mercy “is the greatest most beautiful adventure” ever.)
Visit with scholars, “world of culture:”
- Delusion, disorientation, disappointment in world today.
- Resignation, pass the buck, ignore.
- Looking for hope in higher education so that it helps people:
- Discern reality “without fear, without escapism, without doomsday mentality.”
- Build culture of closeness, encounter, renewal.
- Learn how to live in solidarity.
Visit with poor and prisoners:
- Look to Jesus (“who is our joy, strength, certainty…whose path is humility, solidarity, service.”)
- Follow Jesus (through charity, collaboration, forgiveness.)
- Sow hope through charity. (Be charitable with love, tenderness, humility.)
Homily at Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria. Why I came:
- To share and confirm you in the faith.
- To venerate Our Lady with you.
- To look upon Mary’s tender gaze that’s “maternal, compassionate, full of care.”
Sunday’s written address to workers (which he scrapped for an impromptu talk):
- Put the person and work back on center stage. (Economic crisis is ethical, spiritual, human crisis).
- The Gospel is hope. Look at reality head on, understand it, find solutions together.
- Dignified work for everyone. Protect people, environment, future.
Saturday’s address to Catholic communicators:
- Communication is critical (for evangelization, knowledge, relationships).
- Our role is dialogue (to appreciate people’s desires, doubts, hopes. Listen, talk, encourage).
- Do we bring people to Christ? Do we walk with people? Warm their hearts?
And here’s a mystery three-point pitch he made to German Chancellor Merkel this May:
Do you have any favorite Francis fragments? A Bergoglio soundbite?
Keep your eye out for them and let us know!