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Pope in Santa Marta: The Christian attitude is the seasoning in other peoples' lives

During his homily on Tuesday, the Pope explained that the Christian must be light and salt, two elements that are not self-serving. Light is to illuminate the other, and salt to add flavor, he stated.

POPE FRANCIS

"The salt becomes salt when it is given to others. This is another Christian attitude: 'to give of oneself, to give flavor to the lives of others, to give flavor to many things with the message of the Gospel. Christians must be salt and light, but never self-serving: they must illuminate the other. Salt is something to be used, not to keep for oneself, but to give to others. Itâ??s curious both salt and light are for others, not for oneself: salt does not give flavor to itself. Light does not illuminate itself and it does not season itself.â?

Pope Francis asked to illuminate others with light, but to not shine light on oneself. The Pope said this â??mirror spiritualityâ?? is a bad thing.

EXTRACTS OF THE POPE'S HOMILY

(Source: Vatican Radio)

"The "batteryâ? a Christian uses to generate light is simply prayer. There are many things one can do, many works of charity, many great things for the Church â?? a Catholic University, a college, a hospital â?? you may even be rewarded as a benefactor of the Church with a monument, but if you do not pray, it will be dark and dimly lit. Prayer is what lights up Christian life.â?

"It becomes salt when it is given to others. This is another Christian attitude: "to give of oneself, to give flavor to the lives of others, to give flavor to many things with the message of the Gospel.�

Salt is something to be used, not to keep for oneself, but to give to others. Itâ??s curious both salt and light are for others, not for oneself: salt does not give flavor to itself; light does not illuminate itself.â?

"Christians should shine brightly and always overcome the temptation to shine light upon themselves. This â??mirror spiritualityâ?? is a bad thing, to want to shine light onto oneself: "Be light to illuminate, be salt to give flavor and to preserve.â?

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