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2016-04-29

During his Friday homily at Casa Santa Marta, the Pope said Christians should not lead a double life, nor walk in darkness. Pope Francis said the truth of God is not located there.

POPE FRANCIS
"If you say you are in communion with the Lord, then walk in the light. But no to double lives! Not that! That lie that we are so used to seeing and even fall into it, right? To say one thing and do another, right? It's always the temptation ... we know where the lie comes from: in the Bible, Jesus calls the devil 'the father of lies,' the liar.”

Pope Francis also recalled that if you fall into that temptation you can always count on the forgiveness and tenderness of God.

The Pope said nobody can accuse another of being a sinner, while they are righteous, because all people sin. If someone sins, God is waiting for us and forgives us.

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

"If you say you are in communion with the Lord, then walk in the light. But no to double lives! Not that! That lie that we are so used to seeing and even fall into it right? To say one thing and do another, right? It's always the temptation ... we know where the lie comes from: in the Bible, Jesus calls the devil 'the father of lies,' the liar. It’s for this reason that this grandfather says with infinite tenderness and meekness to the ‘adolescent’ Church: ‘Don’t be a liar! You are in communion with God, walk in the light. Do works of light, don’t say one thing and do another. No to double lives and all that.”

"We have a Paraclete, a word, an advocate, a defender at the Father’s side, it’s Jesus Christ, the Upright One. He makes us righteous. It is He who pardons us. A person may feel like saying to this grandfather who gives us this advice: ‘But is it such a bad thing to have sins?’ ‘No, a sin is a bad thing! But if you have sinned, look at who is waiting to pardon you.’ Always! That’s because He, our Lord, is greater than our sins.”

"We must walk in the light because God is Light.  Don’t walk with one foot in the light and the other in darkness.  Do not be liars.  And one other thing: we have all sinned. Nobody can say: ‘This man is a sinner, this woman is a sinner.’  I, thanks to God, am upright.’ No, only one is Upright, He who paid for us. And if somebody sins, He is waiting for us and pardons us because He is merciful and knows very well what we are shaped from and remembers that we are but dust. May the joy that this Letter gives us, carry us forward in the simplicity and the transparency of the Christian life, above all when we turn to the Lord… with truth.”


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