God’s power saves us from weakness and sins

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In order to be saved and healed by God we must recognize that are weak, vulnerable and sinful like earthen vessels and this will lead us to happiness. Pope Francis on Friday said in ‎his homily at the morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta chapel in the Vatican.  He was reflecting on the Second Letter […]

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Like grandma’s cookies

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Christians should not be like grandma’s cookies, specifically those known as “liar’s cookies”; they are beautiful on the outside, but empty and devoid of substance on the inside. This theme of hypocrisy, in all of its worst forms, was the theme of Pope Francis’ homily during the celebration of Mass in the Santa Marta chapel […]

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Look in the mirror

-S.S. Francesco - Messa  Domus Sanctae Marthae 20-06-2016


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Jesus proposes clear rules to help us avoid falling into hypocrisy: to not judge others so that we, in turn, will not be judged by the same measure; and when the temptation arises to do so, it is best to first look in the mirror, not to hide behind makeup, but to clearly see how […]

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Christians Have to Walk the Walk

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“How many parents say they are Catholics, but never have time to talk to their children, to play with their children, to listen to their children”   Christians cannot claim to be “very Catholic” and then not live in accordance with what Christ teaches, Pope Francis said today in his morning homily at Casa Santa […]

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On “The Gift of a Poor Heart”

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning… on such a beautiful, sunny day! The Gospel passage of this Sunday is composed of two parts: one that describes how not to be followers of Christ; the other proposes an ideal model of a Christian. Let’s start first: what not to do. In the first part, Jesus criticizes […]

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The “Seduction of Chiaroscuro”

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There is a strong and dangerous “virus” that threatens us, but there is also a Father “who loves us so much” and protects us. The subtle seduction of hypocrisy was the theme of Pope Francis’ homily during the Mass celebrated at Santa Marta on Friday morning, 16 October. The Pope made reference to the day’s […]

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On avoiding Hypocrisy: “Forgive and you shall be forgiven; give and you shall receive”

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“If you were to find a person who has never, ever, ever spoken ill of another, he could be canonized immediately”. Francis used this statement to warn against the temptation of always pointing a hypocritical finger at others. Instead, he recommended having “the courage to take the first step” by acknowledging our own errors and […]

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On Hypocrisy vs. Heart-felt Action: “Exterior expressions are the consequence of what we have decided in the heart”

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The Gospel of this Sunday presents a dispute between Jesus and some Pharisees and scribes. The discussion refers to the “tradition of the elders” (Mark 7:3), which Jesus, citing the Prophet Isaiah, defines as “human precepts.” And [saying] that they should never take the place of the “commandments of God.” The ancient prescriptions in question […]

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