Pope Francis at Santa Marta: Christians' inconsistency is weapon for devil
In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis spoke about Christians who scandalize with their hypocritical behavior.
“How many Christians, by their example, drive people away, with their inconsistency, with their own inconsistency. The inconsistency of Christians is one of the easiest weapons the devil has to weaken the People of God and to drive the People of God away from the Lord.”
To conclude, the pope warned that scandals not only harm God's people, but they are also capable of killing the hopes, dreams and hearts of people.
EXCERPTS FROM THE POPE'S HOMILY
(Source: Vatican Radio)
“Be careful not to scandalize. Scandal is bad because scandal harms. It harms the vulnerability of the people of God and the weakness of the people of God. They so often carry these wounds their whole lives. In addition, scandal doesn't only harm, but rather it is also capable of killing: killing hopes, killing dreams, killing families, killing so many hearts...”
“How many Christians, by their example, with their inconsistency, drive people away from the Faith: the incoherence of Christians is one of the readiest weapons the devil has to weaken the People of God and to divert the People of God from the Lord – to say one thing and do another.”
“Jesus tells us that we cannot serve two masters: both God and money – and when the pastor is one who is attached to money, he scandalizes. People are scandalized: the shephered, attached to money. Every shepherd must ask: How is my friendship with money? Or the shepherd who seeks to rise: vanity leads him to climb, instead of being gentle, humble, because meekness and humility favor closeness to the people – or the shepherd who feels himself a lord, and lords it over everyone, proud, and not the servant-pastor of God's people.”