There is no greater teacher than God and no greater learning than direct experience.
The spirit is limitless, the mind is limited
The tablets of the heart are written on the hearts of the children – TeManawa.
To reach the young and faithful, Pope Francis is not afraid to try new things. To guide young Catholics through Lent, which started Wednesday (Feb. 10), the popular 266th pope is on messaging apps; late last year he dropped a rock album.
Now he’s going even younger: On March 1, Pope Francis will release a new book that contains handwritten letters and illustrations from children around the world, with his personal responses to their questions. Dear Pope Francis, published by Loyola Press, reveals the worries and queries of young Catholics, and offers a quiet profundity that even non-believers can get into.
Popes are prolific writers—Pope Francis’s predecessor wrote countless titles—but with this new volume, the leader of the Catholic church departs from the usual topics of charity, mercy, and responsibility, and answers questions that are both simpler and bigger: Why do people go hungry? What happens to angels? Why aren’t there miracles anymore?
See a selection of their questions below, with the pope’s answers, paraphrased.
Can non-Catholics go to heaven?
“Will my grandpa, a non-Catholic who is not a person willing to do something evil, go to heaven when he dies? In other words, if someone never makes any penances, how big a sin must he commit for him to go down to Hell?” — Ivan, 13, China
The pope’s answer: Jesus wants us all to go to heaven. Avoiding the question.
Yes, there are many who believe in God all around the world who are not Catholic, All those who live the way go to heaven.
If I put a ladder up to Heaven from Hell then each good choice you make goes towards heaven every bad choice you make goes towards Hell at the end of your life on earth this is weighed and judged in your heart, so each person chooses how close to God or far away from God they are.
At any moment you can make good choice to return to God with a true and pure heart this is what repent means because when you make that choice then you must live it and do good in the world always – TeManawa.
“If God loves us so much and didn’t want us to suffer, why didn’t he defeat the devil?” — Alejandra, 9, Peru
The pope’s answer: The devil is like a dragon that wags its tail after death. What fairy tale is this?
God did defeat the devil that is why the Devil fell from Heaven, yet God gives the devil opportunity to return to God and heaven like God gives all people the same opportunity. God gave the gift of free will to all. What you choose is what you will become so if you choose and make good choices your heart opens as you become good and closer to God if you choose to make bad choices then you grow further way from God and your heart starts to close until it will eventually harden – TeManawa.
Why did God create flawed humans?
“Why did God create us even though he knew that we would sin against him?” — Maximus, 10, Singapore
The pope’s answer: God gave us freedom, which means the freedom to choose sin.
God and Gods creation is limitless you are too and in this your birthright is this freedom which can not be taken from you. The freedom to choose comes with the consequence of your choices do good things good things happen do bad things bad things happen – TeManawa
What’s God’s real job?
“What did God do before the world was made?” — Ryan, 8, Canada
The pope’s answer: “He loved.”
Why the headgear?
“Why do you need that tall hat?” — Faith, 8, Singapore
The pope’s answer: It’s a symbol of being a bishop.
It is a symbol of the Fish which is the stone of Heaven and the rock that Christ built his church on – TeManawa
What about miracles?
“Why are there not as many miracles anymore?” — Joaquín, 9, Peru
The pope’s answer: “It’s not true!”
And that is it! Every day everywhere around the world miracles are occurring, one simply needs to pay attention for the signs that God delivers, the messages God sends, the proof that God exists. Living the way is living these miracles daily.
Better to ask What is the Way? And the simple answer is listening to the voice in your heart and following this inner compass above and beyond the mind.
Another Questions then would be
Why follow the Heart and not the mind? And the simple answer is; The mind is easily tricked and manipulated thus is the seat of the devil and the heart knows the truth beyond trickery and manipulation thus is the seat of God – TeManawa
Can we go back to the way things used to be?
“Will the world be again as it was in the past?” — Mohammed, 10, Syria
The pope’s answer: No. Again That’s it!
The world will return to the Kingdom of heaven on earth so it will become better than before
How will this happen? must then be the question. By living the way, in the light, thus one achieves the life – TeManawa