Let Us Dream by Pope Francis explores what times of crisis can teach us about how to handle upheaval of any kind in our own lives and the world at large.
With unprecedented candor, he reveals how three crises in his own life changed him dramatically for the better. By its very nature, he shows, that crisis presents us with a choice: we make a grievous error if we try to return to some pre-crisis state. But if we have the courage to change, we can emerge from the crisis better than before.
Let Us Dream is an epiphany, a call to arms, and a pleasure to read. It is Pope Francis at his most personal, profound, and passionate. With this book and with open hearts, we can change the world.
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30 Quotes from Let Us Dream by Pope Francis
The basic rule of a crisis is that you don’t come out of it the same. If you get through it, you come out better or worse, but never the same.
- In the trials of life, you reveal your own heart: how solid it is, how merciful, how big or small.
- In moments of crisis you get both good and bad: people reveal themselves as they are.
- To act in a Samaritan way in a crisis means letting myself be struck by what I see, knowing that the suffering will change me.
- From this crisis we can come out better or worse. We can slide backward, or we can create something new.
- The Covid crisis may seem special because it affects most of humankind. But it is only special in how visible it is. There are a thousand other crises that are just as dire, but are just far enough from some of us that we can act as if they don’t exist.
- Human life is never a burden. It demands we make space for it, not cast it off.
- We need a movement of people who know we need each other, who have a sense of responsibility to others and to the world.
- This crisis unmasks our vulnerability, exposes the false securities on which we had based our lives. It is a time for honest reflection, for owning our roots.
- For a long time, we carried on thinking we could be healthy in a world that was sick. But the crisis has brought home how important it is to work for a healthy world.
- History is what was, not what we want it to have been, and when we try to throw an ideological blanket over it, we make it so much harder to see what in our present needs to change in order to move to a better future.
- The world is God’s gift to us.
- Sometimes the uprooting can be a healing or a radical makeover.
- We can reorganize the way we live together in order better to choose what matters. We can work together to achieve it. We can learn what takes us forward, and what sets us back. We can choose.
What I learned was that you suffer a lot, but if you allow it to change you, you come out better.
- Today our peoples lack joy: there is a sadness that no pleasure or distraction can relieve. As long as one part of humanity is suffering the most abject misery, how can any of us be joyful?
- All true values, human values, are non-negotiable. Can I say which of the fingers on my hand has more value than the others? If it is of value, it has a value that cannot be negotiated.
- Between the first step, which is to come close and allow yourself to be struck by what you see, and the third step, which is to act concretely to heal and repair, there is an essential intermediate stage: to discern and to choose.
- This is a time to recover values, in the proper sense of the word: to return to what is authentically worthwhile.
- A time of trial is always a time of distinguishing the paths of the good that lead to the future from other paths that lead nowhere or backward. With clarity, we can better choose the first.
- The Spirit shows us new things through what the Church calls “signs of the times.” Discerning the signs of the times allows us to make sense of change.
- Tradition is not a museum, true religion is not a freezer, and doctrine is not static but grows and develops, like a tree that remains the same yet which gets bigger and bears ever more fruit.
- See where you are centered, and decenter yourself. The task is to open doors and windows and move out beyond.
- When we find where God’s mercy is waiting to overflow, we can open the gates, and work with all people of goodwill to bring about the necessary changes.
Discerning what is and what is not of God, we begin to see where and how to act.
- The voice of the enemy distracts us from the present by getting us to focus on fears of the future or the sadness of the past.
- The voice of God, on the other hand, speaks to the present, helping us to move ahead in the here and now.
- The voice of God opens your horizons, whereas the enemy pins you against a wall. Where the good spirit gives you hope, the bad spirit sows suspicion, anxiety, and finger-pointing.
- Learning to distinguish these two kinds of “voice” allows us to choose the right path forward, which is not always the most obvious, and to avoid making decisions while trapped in past hurts or in fears of the future that risk immobilizing us.
- Time belongs to the Lord. Trusting in Him, we move forward with courage, building unity through discernment, to discover and implement God’s dream for us, and the paths of action ahead.
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