This I ask you: Be shepherds, with the smell of the sheep, make it real, as shepherds among your flock, fishers of men.
— Homily during Chrism Mass, March 28, 2013
In the evening, how do you conclude your day? With the Lord or in front of the television? How is your relationship with those who help you to be more merciful? That is, how is your relationship with the children, with the elderly, with the sick?
— Address to parish priests of Rome, March 6, 2014
One of the great challenges facing the Church in this generation is to foster in all the faithful a sense of personal responsibility for the Church’s mission, and to enable them to fulfill that responsibility as missionary disciples, as a leaven of the Gospel in our world.
— Homily during Mass for bishops, clergy and religious in Philadelphia, Sept. 26, 2015
I would like first to share with you the joy of being priests. ... When we priests are before the tabernacle, and we pause there for a moment, in silence, we then feel Jesus’ gaze upon us once more, this gaze renews us, reinvigorates us.
— Meeting with diocesan priests, June 21, 2014
For the flock he is a shepherd, not an inspector, and he devotes himself to the mission not 50 or 60 percent, but with all he has. — Homily during Mass for the Jubilee of Priests, June 3, 2016
“As priests, we are witnesses to and ministers of the ever-increasing abundance of the Father’s mercy. ... We can help to inculturate mercy, so that each person can embrace it and experience it personally.”
— Homily during Chrism Mass, March 24, 2016