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Pope Francis in Santa Marta: A Christian does not just speak but also acts


In his daily homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis spoke about the importance for a Christian to not just speak, but also do. 

POPE FRANCIS
“Speaking is a way of believing, but it's very superficial, it's a halfway journey. I say that I am a Christian, but I don’t act like a Christian. To put it simply, it’s a little bit like dressing up as a Christian: only saying the words is a kind of deception; speaking without doing.”

He concluded by inviting Christians to ask themselves during Advent whether they are “a Christian of words, or of deeds?”

EXTRACTS FROM PAPAL HOMILY (Source: Vatican News)

“Speaking is a way of believing, but very superficial, a halfway journey: I say that I am a Christian but I don’t act like a Christian. To put it simply, it’s a little bit like dressing up as a Christian: only saying the words is a kind of deception, speaking without doing. Jesus’ proposal is concrete, always concrete. When someone drew near and asked for advice, [He always suggested] concrete things. The works of mercy are concrete.”

“He is the strength. But many times, those who trust in the Lord are not seen, do not have success, they are hidden… but they are steady. He doesn’t place his hope in speaking, in vanity, in pride, in the ephemeral powers of life, [but] in the Lord, the rock. The concreteness of the Christian life makes us go forward and build on the rock that is God, that is Jesus; on the solid ground of the divinity. Not on appearances or vanities, pride, recommendations… No. [On] the truth.”

“This passage from the Prophet Isaiah has the air of the Magnificat, the song of our Lady: The Lord raises the humble, those who are in the concreteness of every day, and beats down the proud, those who build their lives on vanity, pride… these things do not last.”