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Pope Francis: Let us not harbor sin!

POPE FRANCIS“Looking to the Lord, contemplating the Lord. This gives us the beautiful wonder of a new encounter with God. We may say, ?Lord, I am being tempted. ; I want to stay in this situation of sin. ; Lord, I am curious to know about these things, Lord, I?m afraid.? In today?s reading, they said, ?Lord ?Save us, Lord, we are lost!? But then the new encounter with Jesus followed. We must not be naive nor lukewarm Christians, but brave, courageous. We are weak, but we must be courageous even in our weakness. Often our courage must be expressed by escaping and not looking back, so as not to fall into the trap of wicked nostalgia. Do not be afraid and always look to the Lord!”The Mass was concelebrated by Portuguese Cardinal Manuel Monteiro De Castro, the Vatican?s Major Penitentiary. PARTIAL HOMILY(Source: Vatican Radio)“It’s so hard to cut ties with a sinful situation. It is hard! Even in a temptation, it?s hard! But the voice of God tells us this word: ?Escape! You cannot fight there, because the fire, the sulfur will kill you. Escape!? St. Therese of the Child Jesus taught us that sometimes, in some temptations, the only solution is to escape and not be ashamed to escape; to recognize that we are weak and we have to escape. And our popular wisdom, in its simplicity, says as much, somewhat ironically: ?he who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.? Escaping to go forward along the path of Jesus.”“Faced with sin, we must escape without any nostalgia. Curiosity does not help, it hurts! ?But, in this sinful world, what can we do? What is this sin like? I would like to know . . . ? No, do not! This curiosity will hurt you! Run away and do not look back! We are weak, all of us, and we must defend ourselves. The third situation is on the boat: it is fear. When there is great upheaval at sea, the boat was covered with the waves. ?Save us, Lord, we are lost!? they say. Fear! Even that is a temptation of the devil: to be afraid to move forward on the path of the Lord.”“Looking to the Lord, contemplating the Lord. This gifts us the beautiful wonder of a new encounter with the Lord. ?Lord, I am being tempted: I want to stay in this situation of sin, Lord, I am curious to know about these things, Lord, I?m afraid.? And they looked to the Lord: ?Save us, Lord, we are lost!? And wonder at a new encounter with Jesus followed. We must not be naive nor lukewarm Christians, but brave, courageous. We are weak, but we must be courageous in our weakness. And often our courage must be expressed in escaping without looking back, so as not to fall into the trap of wicked nostalgia. Do not be afraid and always look to the Lord!”BBCTVJM-BNup:SCar