Well, yes and no. As per usual, the pope haters are spinning a standard homiletic message to suit their agenda, rather than to further the work of God’s people.
Here are his real words, spoken Sept. 24 at Vespers to a group of priests and religious.
We can get caught up measuring the value of our apostolic works by the standards of efficiency, good management and outward success which govern the business world.
Not that these things are unimportant!
We have been entrusted with a great responsibility, and God’s people rightly expect accountability from us.
But the true worth of our apostolate is measured by the value it has in God’s eyes.
To see and evaluate things from God’s perspective calls for constant conversion in the first days and years of our vocation and, need I say, it calls for great humility.
The cross shows us a different way of measuring success.
Ours is to plant the seeds: God sees to the fruits of our labors.
And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and produce no fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus… and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, in the failure of the cross.
Note: The haters are mis-quoting the last line as “his life . . . ended in failure, in the failure of the cross.” There’s a whole lot of biblical truth in the words they decided to leave out, KWIM?
Read the full text of his beautiful message: