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Pope Francis During Mass in Santa Marta

Pope Francis During Mass in Santa Marta © L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Santa Marta: Courage & ‘Dirty Hands’ Are Needed for God’s Kingdom

During Morning Mass, Francis Warns Against Being a ‘Museum Custodian’

For the Kingdom of God, courage and ‘dirty hands’ are needed.

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis gave this reminder today, Oct. 31, 2017, during his daily morning Mass in his residence Casa Santa Marta, as he reflected on today’s Gospel, according to St. Luke.

For the Kingdom of God, the Pope stressed, we must channel our inner strength. Even St. Paul, in his Letter to the Romans, in today’s First Reading, highlights how many tensions there are in life. Yet, the Pontiff reminded, our sufferings ‘do not compare to the glory that awaits us.”

Hence, he explained, there is a tension between suffering and glory.

In the midst of such tensions, Francis noted, there is “an immense expectation” of a “great revelation” of the Kingdom of God.  This expectation, the Pope explained, belongs not only to us, but also to Creation, which, like us, ‘is fallen.’

The inner strength that “leads us to hope for the fullness of the Kingdom of God” is that of the Holy Spirit, Francis said, reminding that hope can enable us to surpass our limits and reach glory.

“It is the Holy Spirit that is within us and brings this: this is a great thing, a liberation, a great glory. And for this reason, Jesus says,” the Jesuit Pope recalled: ‘Inside a mustard seed, that small grain, there is a force that triggers unimaginable growth.'”

“Within us and in Creation,” the Pope repeated, “there is a force that triggers [us]: it is the Holy Spirit,” which “gives us hope.

The Pope went on to explain what it means to live in hope.


Calling hope the ‘most humble’ and ‘servant’ virtue, the Pope rebuked those who preach the Kingdom of God, but who avoid ‘getting dirty,’ whom he called ‘museum custodians.’

Pope Francis concluded, reminding that where there is hope, there is the Holy Spirit, and this helps lead us to the Kingdom of God.

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 four 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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