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2017-05-18

In his morning homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis recalled that Jesus' love is the only infinite truth, quoting the day's Gospel phrase "As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.”

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"There are other loves. The world itself offers many other loves: love of money for example, vanity, boastfulness, pride, love of power which can even lead to unjust actions to achieve more power. Also, there are other measures of love. To love halfway, this is not love. To care is one thing, and to love is another.”

He concluded by saying that Christians should asks for the gifts of joy and love, because the "Christian mission is to give people joy.” 

EXCERPTS OF POPE'S HOMILY IN ENGLISH
Source: Vatican Radio

"The Ten Commandments of course are the foundation, but we are also called to follow all the things that Jesus has taught us; the commandments of daily life that represent a Christian lifestyle. The love of the Father for Him, and His love for us."

"There are other loves. The world itself offers many other loves: love of money for example, vanity, boastfulness, pride, love of power which can even lead to unjust actions to achieve more power.”

"We may ask: why do you remind us of this? Because the Lord’s joy is in you and your joy must be complete. Jesus teaches us the way of love, of having an open heart, of loving without measure, putting other kinds of love aside... Love and joy are gifts we must ask the Lord for.”