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Pope in Santa Marta: A Christian cannot live like a pagan


In his daily homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on the Book of Revelation. He warned Christians that they cannot live with a worldly mentality, which is a form of paganism. 

POPE FRANCIS
“The two seek a synthesis which cannot be done. Both are condemned. Are you a Christian? Are you Christian? Well, live like a Christian. Water and oil do not mix. They are always distinct. A contradictory society that professes Christianity, but lives like a pagan shall end.”

The pope invited Christians to open their hearts and distance themselves from paganism. He reminded them that the great cities of today will end if they continue the path toward paganism. 

EXTRACTS OF PAPAL HOMILY
(Source: Vatican News)

“The melodies of musicians, harpists, flutists, and trumpeters will never be heard in you again. There will be no more beautiful feasts… Craftsmen of every type will never be found in you again; because you are not a city of work but of corruption. The sound of the millstone will not be heard in you again; no lamplight will be seen in you again. The city may be illuminated, but she will be without light, not luminous. Hers is a corrupt society – the voices of brides and grooms will never be heard in you again. There were many couples, many people, but there will no longer be any love. This destruction starts from within and ends when the Lord says: ‘Enough’. And there will come a day when the Lord says: ‘Enough with the appearances of this world.’ This is the crisis of a society that sees itself as proud, self-sufficient, dictatorial, and it ends in this manner.”

“The paganization of life can occur, in our case the Christian life. Do we live as Christians? It seems like we do. But really our life in pagan, when these things happen: when we are seduced by Babylon and Jerusalem lives like Babylon. The two seek a synthesis which cannot be effected. And both are condemned. Are you a Christian? Are you Christian? Live like a Christian. Water and oil do not mix. They are always distinct. A contradictory society that professes Christianity but lives like a pagan shall end.”

“Faced with the tragedies of life, we are called to look to the horizon, because we have been redeemed and the Lord will come to save us. This teaches us to live the trials of the world, not in a compromise with worldliness or paganism which brings about our destruction, but in hope, separating ourselves from this worldly and pagan seduction by looking to the horizon and hoping in Christ the Lord. Hope is our strength for moving forward. But we must ask it of the Holy Spirit.”