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Pope: If faith is not renewed, it becomes culture

2015-01-26

In his Monday morning Mass, Pope Francis talked about the gift of faith. The Pope explained that Christians are called to protect faith and to reflect on how to best live it out on a day to day basis. 

POPE FRANCIS
"If we don't pay attention, every single day and if we don't renew this God given gift of faith, it becomes weak and diluted. Faith ends up being just about culture. 'Yes of course, I'm Christian, they say. But it ends up being culture or just knowledge. The question is, 'How do you live your faith? That's why it's important to renew the gift of faith. To bring it to life.”

He then added that often times, it's women-mothers and grandmothers who transmit the faith from generation to generation. 

SUMMARY OF POPE'S MASS
(Source: Vatican Radio) 

"It is one thing to pass on the faith, and another to teach the matters of faith. Faith is a gift: it is not possible to study Faith. We study the things of faith, yes, to understand it better, but with study alone one never comes to Faith. Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit, which surpasses all "academic” formation.

"If we do not have this care, every day, to revive this gift of God which is Faith, but rather let faith weaken, become diluted, Faith ends up being a culture: ‘Yes, but, yes, yes, I am a Christian, yes yes,’ – a mere culture – or a gnosis, [specialized kind of] knowledge: ‘Yes, I know well all the matters of Faith, I know the catechism’. But how do you live your faith? This, then, is the importance of reviving every day this gift: to bring it to life.

"Faith, moreover, is a gift that passes from generation to generation, through the "beautiful work of mothers and grandmothers, the fine work of the women who play those roles,” in a family, "whether they be maids or aunts,” who transmit the faith:
It occurs to me: why is it mainly women, who to pass on the faith? Simply because the one who brought us Jesus is a woman. It is the path chosen by Jesus. He wanted to have a mother: the gift of faith comes to us through women, as Jesus came to us through Mary.”

 
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