Each morning Pope Francis says Mass and offers a short homily for fellow residents and guests in the chapel of St.
Martha's Guesthouse, where he has chosen to live. Through these accounts of his morning homilies, drawn from September 2013 to January 2014, it is now possible, for those who were not present, to experience and enjoy his lively manner of speaking, and his capacity to engage his listeners and their daily lives with the joy of the gospel message.
As in the first volume, the homilies are marked by humour and memorable images.
But even more important are the themes that arise again and again: the importance of mercy and forgiveness; the role of Jesus as Saviour; the dangers of a church closed in on itself; and the gospel as an unfailing source of life and joy.