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Pope Francis at Santa Marta: It's necessary to open one's self to Holy Spirit and not be prisoner to ideologies


In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis warned of the consequences of resisting the Holy Spirit and living a rigid, closed Christian life, as did the doctors of the Law. 

POPE FRANCIS

“They come back to this question. They're incapable of leaving that closed world. They're prisoners to ideas. They received a law that was life, but they 'distilled' it, they transformed it into an ideology.”

To conclude, the pope explained that development is not a threat, because the Church is a missionary on the move, not a closed group of chosen ones. 

EXCERPTS FROM THE POPE'S HOMILY
Source: Vatican Media

“They received a law that was life, but they “distilled” it, they transformed it into an ideology and thus they toss and turn it and are unable to move beyond. Anything new for them is a threat.”

“May the Lord grant us the grace of knowing how to resist that which we must resist, that which comes from the evil one, that deprives us of our freedom. May we know how to open ourselves to new things, but only those that come from God. May he grant us, with the strength of the Holy Spirit, the grace to discern the signs of the times in order to make the decisions that we need to make in that moment.”