After all these great images, read my text below!
I just watched live, Pope Francis' Wednesday audience with about 80,000 of his friends there. And I watched live on the internet and in person from my balcony the fickle weather of Roma as it is cloudy and raining one moment, and sunny and mild the next only to return to the latter!
But I digress, let me summarize what the Holy Father said. It isn't enough to read what the pope says, you must, I repeat, must hear him speak and how he uses Italian parlance to get his message across with his wonderful Italian sense of humor, which the Italians are eating up, even my most secular Italian relatives here in Italy and in Chicago!
He talked about the keys the Holy Spirit gives to the Church to bind and loose and this in the context of forgiveness and the gifts that the Holy Spirit gives us in this regard.
Then he speaks of the necessity of the Sacrament of Penance and the need to go to confession regularly and to never grow tired of doing so, because the Holy Spirit, through the keys He has given the Church, never tires of forgiving us through the bishops and priests of the Church in this sacrament.
But as an aside, the Holy Father says in Italian, that many of you are ashamed to go to a priest and confess your sins over and over. Then he reminded us of what our grandparents and parents have said in the past. "IT IS BETTER TO BE RED THAN TO BE YELLOW!" (Embarrassed than to be a coward!)
Then in a humorous way, he says that even priests must go to confession and even the pope must go too, which all the Italians there applauded and laughed!
No recent pope, not even Blessed Pope John Paul II has spoken of God's mercy as mediated through the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit which gives the Church the power to bind and loose, has spoken most frequently and on a basic human level about the need to seek God's mercy and forgiveness in the Sacraments of the Church, especially Holy Baptism and the Sacrament of Penance and in Penance, we should never grow tired of celebrating for The Lord God never grows tired of offering us forgiveness!
MY FINAL COMMENT: Once Catholics rediscover the need to go to Confession, they will rediscover their Catholic identity as it concerns Scripture, Tradition and natural law and the need for fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church!
MARK MY WORD! POPE FRANCIS IS THE POPE OF THE MUCH AWAITED, BUT DELAYED UNTIL NOW, "NEW SPRINGTIME" FOR THE CHURCH IN THE POST VATICAN II CHURCH!
And he will accomplish this by getting Catholics back to Confession, where they will examine their conscience and become once again forgiven Catholics who can worthily receive Holy Communion in a state of Grace and thus not commit sacrilege by doing otherwise.