Pope's Morning Homily: Even the Most Holy People Sin 7 Times a Day

At Casa Santa Marta, Francis Says Convert With Deeds, Not Words

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“Each one of us, every day, does something ugly.” The Bible, in fact, says that even “the most holy people sin seven times a day.”

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis acknowledged this, while inviting faithful to work on converting with deeds and not words, during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta.
Drawing his inspiration from today’s first reading of the Prophet Isaiah, Francis stressed, we see how the prophet exhorts us to avoid evil and do good.

The problem, the Pope said, lies in not getting into the habit of “living in ugly things” and not avoiding those things that “poison the soul,” that make it small.
But we have to work on doing good.

“It’s not easy to do good: we must learn it, always. And He teaches us. But: Learn. Like children. Along the path of life, of the Christian life one learns every day. You have to learn every day to do something, to be better than the day before. To learn. Avoiding evil and learning to do good: this is the rule of conversion.”No Fairy With Magic Wand”Being converted doesn’t come from a fairy who converts us with a magic wand: No! It’s a journey. It’s a journey of avoiding and of learning.”Courage, he said, is need to to learn how to avoid evil.“He, the Lord, names three concrete things, but there are many: seek justice, relieve the oppressed, give orphans justice, defend the cause of the widow… but concrete things. You learn to do good with concrete things, not with words. With deeds…”For this reason Jesus, in the Gospel we have heard, rebukes this ruling class of the people of Israel, because ‘they talk and don’t act,’ they don’t know concreteness. And if there is no concreteness, there can be no conversion.”
The First Reading, the Jesuit Pope noted, then continues with the invitation from the Lord.
“Come , let us reason together.” “Arise” – a beautiful word, Pope Francis said, a word that Jesus addressed to the paralytics, to the daughter of Jairus, as well as to the son of the widow of Naim. And God gives us a hand to help us up.”
“And He is humble, He lowers Himself so much to say, “Come, let us reason together.” Pope Francis emphasized how God helps us: “Walking together with us to help us, to explain things to us, to take us by the hand.” The Lord is able “to do this miracle” – that is, “to change us” – not overnight, but on a journey.
The Invitation to Conversion
“An invitation to conversion, avoid evil, learn to do good… ‘Come, arise, come to me, let us reason together, and let us go forward.’ But [you might say] I have so many sins…’ ‘But don’t worry’ [God responds]. ‘If your sins should be like scarlet, they will become white as snow.’”
This, Francis stressed, is the path of Lenten conversion.
“Simple. It is the Father who speaks, it is the Father who loves us, who really loves us. And who accompanies us on this path of conversion. Only He asks us to be humble. Jesus says to the rulers: ‘He who exalts himself will be humble; and he who humbles himself will be exalted’.”
Pope Francis concluded, recalling stages along the path of Lenten conversion: “avoiding evil, learning to do good, getting up and going with Him. And then, he said, “our sins will all be forgiven.”
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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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