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Pope Francis at Santa Marta explains why leave everything for God

2014-10-23

In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis explained why should one leave everything for God. He said that the key is meet with Christ while cultivating an interior life. 

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"It does us well to praise God, to enter into this world of ampleness, of greatness, of generosity and of love. It does us well so that we can go forward within the greatest commandment, the only commandment, that is at the foundation of all the others: love; to love God and to love your neighbor". 

Pope Francis concluded his homily by saying that Christians can only move forward in their faith with the grace of the Holy Spirit. 

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S HOMILY
(Source: Vatican Radio)

"He asks the Father to send the Spirit to strengthen us, to give us strength. We cannot go forward without the power of the Spirit. Our own forces are weak. We cannot be Christians without the grace of the Spirit. It’s the Spirit that changes hearts, that keeps us moving forward in virtue, to fulfill the commandments".

"This is a mystical experience of Paul and it teaches us the prayer of praise and the prayer of adoration. Before our pettiness, our many, selfish interests, Paul bursts out in praise, in this act of worship and asks the Father to send us the Holy Spirit to give us strength and to be able to move forward; he helps us understand the love of Christ and that Christ consolidates us in love. And he says to the Father: 'Thank you, because You are able to do what we do not dare to think'. It is a beautiful prayer ... It is a beautiful prayer".

"And with this inner life we can understand how Paul gave up everything and considered it all rubbish, in order to gain Christ and be found in Christ. It does us good to think of this, it does us good to worship God. It does us good to praise God, to enter this world of amplitude, of grandeur, generosity and love. It does us good, because then we can move forward in the great commandment - the only commandment, which is the basis of all others - love; love God and love your neighbor".



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