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Title:
Fioretti : the little flowers of Pope Francis : heartwarming stories of the Gospel in action
Author:
Tornielli, Andrea, 1964- , author.
Uniform Title:
Fioretti di Papa Francesco. English
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Ignatius Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
185 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
Fioretti offers a wonderful collection of insightful fragments from various aspects of the life of the Pope in his first year that will help the reader become better acquainted with the immensely popular Bishop of Rome who, as the first South American pope, came "from the end of the earth."
Language:
English
Contents:
Little flowers of mercy -- Little flowers of frugality -- Little flowers of everyday holiness -- Little flowers on the telephone -- Marian little flowers -- Little flowers with a smile -- Little flowers of courage -- Little flowers of sharing.
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ISBN:
9781586179311
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Book

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Tornielli, the foremost "Vatican insider" journalist, offers here inspiring stories, incidents, encounters, and excerpts from the writings and talks of Pope Francis through his first year as Pope.

These add up to a powerful witness by Pope Francis of "heartwarming stories of the Gospel in action," and reflect on various spiritual and social themes important to the Pope, including mercy, forgiveness, charity, prayer, justice, Eucharist, Our Lady and much more.

His little gestures and big ones, the minor or major choices that he has made each day, his ability to meet everyone and to speak to everyone, his simple way of being himself, have made Francis not only credible but above all close. The Pope is perceived by many, many people throughout the world as ''one of us''. It is enough to watch him embrace the sick, the suffering, the children, to see why that is so.

The title echoes the Little Flowers of Saint Francis , the famous collection of stories about the beloved Francis of Assisi, whose name the Pope adopted for himself.

This work offers a wonderful collection of insightful fragments from various aspects of the life of the Pope in his first year that will help the reader become better acquainted with the immensely popular Bishop of Rome who came ''from the end of the earth''.


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Fragrance of the Gospelp. 11
Little Flowers of Mercy
Infinite Mercyp. 19
"My Church, a field hospital"p. 25
The Gift of Tearsp. 28
The Confessional "is not a dry-cleaner's shop"p. 31
When Gossip Killsp. 35
Suppose the Pope Recalls the Existence of the Devilp. 38
"We will all see each other again in Purgatory"p. 42
"Who am I? A sinner ..."p. 44
God Is Greater than Any Sinp. 47
Little Flowers of Frugality
That Gesture that Says: "What? Are you kidding?"p. 53
Black Shoes ... with New Solesp. 56
The Black Bag ... of Normalityp. 58
In Flight but without the Bedp. 61
A Pope with a Bus Passp. 64
"Let rulers be humble"p. 67
The Pastor Who Did Not Want to Become a Bishopp. 70
Little Flowers of Everyday Holiness
The Holiness of Patient Peoplep. 75
The Grandmother Quoted in the Homiliesp. 77
The Holiness of a Motherp. 80
"The Church is not a babysitter"p. 82
A God Who Goes Ahead of Usp. 86
Women and the Resurrectionp. 89
The White Rose of Saint Thérèsep. 92
Little Flowers on the Telephone
"Hello? This is Francis. Tell me about yourself..."p. 97
The Pope's Renault 4p. 103
The Little Cardinal of the Sisters in Buenos Airesp. 107
Consolation for Michaelp. 109
"Your child? I will baptize him."p. 112
Marian Little Flowers
The First Outing Is for Maryp. 117
Mary, Untier of Knotsp. 120
The Statuette Cradled Like a Childp. 124
Mary Opens the Gate of Paradisep. 127
Little Flowers with a Smile
The Pope Who Smilesp. 131
To Priests and Nuns He Says: Do Not Be Bachelors and Spinstersp. 134
The Nuns "let loose" and the Skipped Siestap. 137
"I need a community"p. 139
"Maté, better for the digestion than tea or coffee"p. 141
Little Flowers of Courage
"I would rather they kill me"p. 145
Eusebio, the Guardian Angel of Nicolás and of the Popep. 147
Security and "Madness"p. 150
Living on the Frontier and Being Boldp. 154
"What is needed is courageous prayer"p. 156
Little Flowers of Sharing
The Poor "share their heart"p. 161
The Tragedy of Unemploymentp. 163
Men and Bricksp. 168
Almsgiving Is "touching the flesh of Christ"p. 170
"Open the empty convents for the refugees"p. 173
To Pray "with the flesh"p. 177
The Multiplication of the "Empanadas"p. 179
From Prison to the Pope's Altar: Gabriela's Hostsp. 183