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Pope Francis: The only thing that counts for Jesus is 'faith working through love'

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
10/16/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Pontiff warns against those who are beautiful on the outside, full of evil on the inside

Pope Francis reiterated in his morning homily that faith is not about appearances and superficially following Church laws. The Pontiff said that God wants to see a faith that inspires action and is "working in charity" and making sacrifices for others.

Pope Francis related former Jesuit leader Father Arrupe's lesson in humility in his recent talk.

Pope Francis related former Jesuit leader Father Arrupe's lesson in humility in his recent talk.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
10/16/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, Father Arrupe, appearances, hypocrisy, True Love, charity


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Speaking his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on Tuesday, Pope Francis says that "Jesus condemns this cosmetic spirituality - appearing good, beautiful, but the truth that's inside is a whole other thing," according to Vatican Radio.

"Jesus condemns people with good manners but bad habits, those habits you can't see, but are done on the sly. But the appearance is alright: these people who like to stroll in the square, be seen praying, 'disguise oneself' by seeming a bit weak when fasting," Francis said.

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Pope Francis then asked people to reflect whether "ours is a cosmetic Christian life of appearances

Pope Francis then asked people to reflect whether "ours is a cosmetic Christian life of appearances or a Christian life with the faith working in charity?"


The Pope noted how in St. Luke how Jesus admonishes the Pharisee who is surprised when Jesus doesn't observe the washing ritual before the meal.

Jesus highlights the hypocrisy of a vessel that's clean on the outside, but "inside you are filled with plunder and evil." This lesson is similar to one in the Gospel according to St. Matthew that speaks of the "whitewashed tombs" that are beautiful on the outside, but filled with filth and rot.

St. Paul, in his Letter to the Galatians (5:1-6) says people "who are trying to be justified by law" are separated from Christ and fallen from grace, because the only thing that counts for Jesus is "faith working through love," the Pope said.

"The law by itself doesn't save," nor does just reciting the Creed- "it's a motionless faith," did he say.

Faith must lead to charity and sacrificing for others, the Pope added. The Bible speaks about a true detachment "from the dictatorship of money, from the idolatry of cash. All greed distances us from Jesus Christ," he said.

The Pope then told a story about a very wealthy woman who wanted to give the late Jesuit superior, Father Pedro Arrupe, a donation for mission work in Japan.

Leading the Jesuits from 1965 to 1983, Father Arrupe went to meet the woman. He learned that she had invited the media, the Pope said.

The priest felt "great humiliation," but accepted the money because it would be for the poor in Japan, Francis recalled. But when Father Arrupe "opened the envelope, there was 10 dollars" inside.

Pope Francis then asked people to reflect whether "ours is a cosmetic Christian life of appearances or a Christian life with the faith working in charity?"

Christians are to "never blow a horn" about their good deeds and to "never give just the leftovers," but to make a true sacrifice for others, he said.

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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2019
Young People and the Example of Mary.
That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.


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