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Pope Francis asks that Church be joyful and positive community

2013-05-02

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"When a Christian community lives in love, confesses its sins, worships the Lord, forgives offenses, is charitable towards others and manifests love and thus feels the obligation of fidelity to the Lord to observe the commandments. It becomes a community of 'yes' and 'no' are a result of this' yes.'”


He also explained that if worshipers are not happy, and see the faith as a heavy load, no one will want to hear about God, and the Church will become a community of "no's.” As a result, he highlighted the importance of being open to the Holy Spirit.

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"We ask the Lord that the Holy Spirit help us always to become a community of love, of love for Jesus who loved us so much. A community of this 'yes'. And from this 'yes' the commandments are fulfilled. A community of open doors. And it defends us from the temptation to become perhaps Puritans, in the etymological sense of the word, to seek a para-evangelical purity, from being a community of 'no'. Because Jesus ask us first for love, love for Him, and to remain in His love.”

Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and the Vatican Museums employees joined Pope Francis this time around, for the morning Mass he leads daily at the chapel of Casa Santa Marta.


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