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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

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.


About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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