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Pope Francis in Santa Marta: Humility must be a Christian lifestyle

In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said humility must be a Christian's lifestyle. He explained each person is a small sprout where the Spirit of the Lord has taken root. 

POPE FRANCIS
“It takes faith and humility to believe this sprout, this small gift will grow to the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It takes humility to believe the Father, the Lord of Heaven and Earth, as today's Gospel states, has hidden these things from the wise, from the learned, and revealed them to the little ones.”

To conclude, the pope assured being humble doesn't mean being polite or courteous. The humble one is he or she who is able to accept humiliation

EXCERPTS FROM POPE FRANCIS' HOMILY
(Source: Vatican Radio)

“Being aware that each one of us is a sprout of that root which must grow, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to the fullness of the Holy Spirit within us. What is the Christian's task? To safeguard this sprout, this growth which is the Spirit.”

“It takes faith and humility to believe this sprout, this small gift will grow to the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It takes humility to believe the Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, as today's Gospel states, has hidden these things from the wise, from the learned, and revealed them to the little ones. Humility is to be small, like the sprout that grows little by little to the fullness of life through the Holy Spirit.”

“There is a sign, a unique signal: accepting humiliation. Humility without humiliation is not humility. The humble one is he or she who is able to accept humiliations like Jesus, the great humiliated.”

“The Lord grants us this grace to safeguard this smallness towards the fullness of the Spirit without forgetting the root and by accepting humiliation.”