FROM POPE FRANCIS’ ‘DESIDERIO DESIDERAVI’
‘A celebration that does not evangelize is not authentic, just as a proclamation that does not lead to an encounter with the risen Lord in the celebration is not authentic. And then both of these, without the testimony of charity, are like sounding a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal…The priest himself should be overpowered by this desire for communion that the Lord has toward each person. It is as if he were placed in the middle between Jesus’ burning heart of love and the heart of each of the faithful, which is the object of the Lord’s love. To preside at the Eucharist is to be plunged into the furnace of God’s love’
(Desiderio desideravi, 37, 57).
Fulltext of Pope Francis’ most receent Apolostic Letter is available here;