ENCOUNTERING TRUTH: Meeting God in the Everyday
Shortly after seven in the morning, Pope Francis gives a brief homily in the little Vatican chapel of Saint Martha, in front of an audience that is always different: gardeners, office workers, nuns and priests, as well as a growing group of journalists. It is a set appointment, and in some ways a revolutionary innovation, where a pope speaks to everyone, off the cuff, without any written text, as he would have done as a parish priest.
Encountering Truth is a collection of highlights from these homilies from March 2013 to May 2014. Along with summaries by Radio Vaticana (who recorded and transcribed the homilies) and commentary by Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, these reflections provide moments of inspiration, simplicity, and a glimpse into the papal world very few ever get to experience.
This book begins with the author explaining how he came to write this book, and how the Homilies from Pope Francis came about. The Pope every morning does mass in a small chapel that holds 50 people and the Homilies are recorded by catholic radio and translated in different languages. There are 186 homilies total and besides the homilies the author gives insight into how Pope Francis comes up with the homily, through meditation, pray, and keeping it simple by not talking so much. Every one of them has a meaning and he does not take too much into getting into what he wants to say. The Pope still believes that his most important duty is saying mass and doing the homily, as he has said he is still a Priest and this helps him stay connected to his beginnings. By him saying mass in this chapel is special for the 50 people that are able to be present. Having lived in a seminary when I was younger we had a chapel that held about 50 people and mass there felt different than in a big church for some reason. This is a very good book. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at