Pope at Mass: Lent is an opportunity to be simple and true

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday highlighting the need for believers to be true Christians and shun appearances. Taking his cue from the Book of the prophet Isaiah, Pope Francis condemned all forms of hypocrisy and explained the difference there is between objective and formal reality. Formal reality, the Pope said, [...]

Taking upon ourselves the name of God

Pope at general audience: taking upon ourselves the name of God At his General Audience of August 22, Pope Francis reflected on the Second Commandment – “You shall not invoke the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.” Dear brothers and sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the Ten Commandments, we now turn to the [...]

Hypocrisy and trickery are bad for us

May God grant us the grace of interior truth, rather than living a life of hypocrisy and trickery. That was Pope Francis’ message on Friday to those gathered for morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta chapel. Reflecting on the first reading of the day from St Paul’s letter to the Romans, the pope explained that God’s [...]

God’s power saves us from weakness and sins

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 to [...]

Like grandma’s cookies

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 on [...]

Look in the mirror

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 we [...]

Christians Have to Walk the Walk

“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 Marta. [...]

By |2016-02-23T17:18:54+00:00Feb 23rd, 2016|Categories: Morning Mass Homilies|Tags: , , , , , , |

On "The Gift of a Poor Heart"

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 the [...]

The “Seduction of Chiaroscuro"

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 Gospel [...]

By |2015-10-16T16:51:53+00:00Oct 16th, 2015|Categories: Morning Mass Homilies|Tags: , , , , |

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

“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 weaknesses, [...]

By |2015-09-11T15:33:52+00:00Sep 11th, 2015|Categories: Morning Mass Homilies|Tags: , , , , , |
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