Pope's Morning Homily: The Christian Life Is Not a Museum of Memories

During Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Says Be Open to God’s Surprises

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Thanks to the surprises of the Holy Spirit, the Church moves forward.

During his homily at Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that God surprises us and that we must not be afraid of change and leaving old habits behind.

The Holy Spirit, Francis underscored, not only makes us understand, but makes the Church move forward.

“We can study the whole history of salvation and all theology, but without the Spirit we cannot understand,” he said.

The Holy Father stressed it is the Spirit that makes us realize the truth or know Jesus’ voice: ‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me. ‘

The Church’s going forward, Francis highlighted, is the work of the Holy Spirit.

“And how do I do this – you ask the Pope – make sure that voice I hear is the voice of Jesus, that what I feel I have to do is done by the Holy Spirit?”

Responding, Francis said: “Praying.”

“Without prayer, there is no place for the Spirit.

He invited those gathered to ask God to send them the Holy Spirit so that we may discern at all times what we have to do.

We must discern, the Pope stressed, and to discern, he said we must pray and ask for grace. 

Francis warned against the mentality that if we do things the way we have always done, that we are safer, stressing, “The Christian life is not a museum of memories.”

“But to do as you’ve always done,” he warned, “is an ‘alternative death.'”

The Holy Father concluded urging the faithful to “risk, with prayer, and then, with the humility, accepting what the Spirit asks us to change.

“This is the way,” the Pope said.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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