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Pope Offers Suggestions to Live this Lent Fully, During His Morning Homily

At Casa Santa Marta, Francis Reminds Importance of Not Just Material, But Spiritual Almsgiving

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Pope Francis has given some suggestions on how to live this Lent fully.

According to Vatican News, Pope Francis gave the advice during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta as he reflected on today’s Gospel account from St. Luke (Lk 6: 36-38).

One of Francis’ recommendations was not to judge and criticize others, and in doing this, he stressed, you imitate God’s mercy. The Holy Father reminded those gathered of God’s infinite mercy.
During this season of fasting, prayer and almsgiving, Francis urged faithful to be generous, not “with closed pockets.”
The Pope decried “gossiping,” in which we “continually judge and condemn others,” in which it becomes “increasingly difficult to forgive.”
“The Lord teaches us: ‘Give’. ‘Give and it will be given to you’: be generous in giving. Don’t have “closed pockets”; be generous in giving to the poor, to those in need and also in giving so many things: giving advice, giving people smiles, smiling. Always give, give.”
He reminded that when you give, it will be given back to you, for God always gives us a hundred-fold of all that we give.
Pope Francis concluded, urging those present to embrace almsgiving, not only material alms, but also spiritual almsgiving, including “wasting time” with someone in need, visiting a disabled person, smiling.
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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': or

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