Christmas is thus the feast of the loving humility of God, of the God Who upsets our logical expectations, the established order, the order of the dialectician and the mathematician. In this upset lies all the richness of God's own thinking, which overturns our limited human ways of thinking.
Pope Francis is not the first pope to do much of what he does, but there is a distinctive, powerful and attractive way that he does it. In honor of Pope Francis' eight decades, here are eight reasons to thank God for his ministry as the Church's universal pastor.
Thanks to the enthusiasm of wonder, humanity, every time it loses its way, will be able to lift itself up and set out again on the right path. In this sense it has been said with profound insight that "beauty will save the world."
"This is a new age of martyrs. It's a time when those who believe in the transcendent generosity of Christ are driven from their homes to suffer exile. It's an age of blood spilled at a ravaged cross."
What we are witnessing today, following the publication of Amoris Laetitia, is a radical adoption of the absolutizing principle of subjective judgments of conscience and private interpretation of all moral norms.