3 January 2018

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3 January 2018

Postby Alice » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:28 pm

Pope Francis at Audience: It's not enough to not harm the neighbor, it's necessary to choose good

Like every Wednesday, Pope Francis dedicated the first few minutes of the General Audience to greeting pilgrims and participating in customs that are now traditions – like drinking mate or exchanging calottes.

It's cold in Rome, so the catechesis is celebrated in the warmth of the Paul VI Audience Hall. The pope continued his series on the Mass, on this occasion, speaking about the penitential act. He explained whoever seeks forgiveness always finds it.

POPE FRANCIS
“Whoever is conscious of his or her own miseries and humbles his or her eyes, feels himself or herself be looked upon by the merciful eye of God. We know from experience that only he or she who recognizes his or her errors and asks for forgiveness receives the understanding and forgiveness of others.”

The Holy Father reminded that, although the penitential act is communal, each person confesses his or her own sins, as much in thought or word as in action or omission.

POPE FRANCIS
“Often, we feel good because we say, 'I haven't hurt anyone.' In reality, it's not enough to not hurt the neighbor. It's necessary to choose good, taking advantage of opportunities to show we are disciples of Jesus.”

Pope Francis also explained the errors committed against God and against brothers and sisters have consequences.

POPE FRANCIS
“It's good to highlight that we confess as much to God as to our brothers and sisters that we are sinners. This helps us understand the magnitude of the sin that separates us from God and also from our brothers and sisters and vice versa.”

To conclude, the pope urged pilgrims to follow the example of some figures in the Bible who, after having sinned, were able to recognize their errors and open themselves to God's mercy.




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Pope Francis explains meaning of penitential act at beginning of Mass

Pope Francis stressed the importance of the penitential act that is carried out at the beginning of the Mass and said it's fundamental to appropriately experiencing the celebration.

Thus, he urged pilgrims to be conscious of their own sins and ask for God's forgiveness, with humility and sincerity, to be able to participate in the Mass.

Pope Francis gave the example of some characters in the Bible who, despite having offended God, received His forgiveness and experienced his mercy.

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS

Dear brothers and sisters: In our catechesis on the Holy Eucharist, today we consider the penitential rite. To prepare ourselves to celebrate worthily the sacred mysteries, we acknowledge, before God and our brothers and sisters, that we have sinned. Significantly, we make this confession as a community, yet in the Confiteor each of us speaks personally: “I confess... that I have sinned.” Like the humble publican in Jesus’ parable, we strike our breast and recognize that we are unworthy of the gift of God’s mercy and forgiveness. We then beg the intercession of OurLady and all the angels and saints to sustain us on the path of holiness and conversion. The priest then pronounces the absolution – “May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life”. Unlike the absolution granted in confession, this does not remit mortal sin, yet it expresses our trust in God’s promise of forgiveness and reconciliation. We thus join the great line of biblical figures – like David, the Prodigal Son and Saint Peter – who, conscious of their sin, acknowledged it before God with confidence in the transforming power of his grace.

I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from Korea, Canada and the United States of America. May each of you, and your families, cherish the joy of this Christmas season, and draw near in prayer to the Prince of Peace who has come to dwell among us. God bless you all!




Both reports and videos with very kind permission from Rome Reports TV News Agency
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