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Friday, 8 December 2017

The Vatican: Pope at Mass: being humble means accepting humiliation like Christ

Pope at Mass: being humble means accepting humiliation like Christ
In the life of a Christian, humility is an indispensable quality that is needed in order to allow the gifts of the Holy Spiri t to grow.  This was the reflection of Pope Francis in his homily at Mass, Tuesday morning, in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican.  Drawing inspiration from the Prophet Isaiah, the Pope said that every Christian is like "a small shoot on which the Spirit of the Lord rests, the spirit of wisdom and intelligence, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord ". "These," the Pope said, "are the gifts of the Holy Spirit which grow from the smallness of the bud to the fullness of the Spirit. This is the promise, this is the Kingdom of God" and "the life of the Christian," he stressed. Listen to our report: Humility The Pope said that the task of a Christian is to be aware that each 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 in us." And our task, he said is to safeguard this sprout, this growth which is the Spirit."  The Holy Father said this is done by adopting a lifestyle of a Christian that resembles Christ , which is the path of humility.   The Holy Father said it takes faith and humility to believe that this bud, this small gift will grow to the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  He said, it takes humility to believe that the Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, as the day's Gospel says, has hidden these things from the wise and the learned and revealed them to the little ones.  Humility means to be small, like the sprout that grows little by little to the fullness of life through the power of Holy Spirit. Humiliation The Pope further explained that being humble does not mean being polite, courteous or closing one's eyes in prayer.  Being humble means being able to accept humiliations.  " Humility without humiliation," he stressed, " is not humility. "  A humble man or a woman is one who is able to endure humiliations like Jesus whom the Pope described as "the great humiliated."  Pope Francis recalled the example of many saints "who not only accepted humiliations but asked for them" in order to resemble Jesus.  The Pope concluded his homily urging that the Lord "grant us this grace to safeguard this smallness towards the fullness of the Spirit without forgetting the root and by accepting humiliation. (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope appeals for wisdom and prudence to prevail over Jerusalem
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has appealed for respect for Jerusalem's status qu o according to the pertinent United Nations Resolutions regarding the city. Speaking after his catechesis to the crowds in the Paul VI Hall during the weekly General Audience , the Pope said "my thoughts go to Jerusalem and I cannot keep silent my deep concern for the situation that has been created in the past days". Listen to the report by Philippa Hitchen : "At the same time, he continued, I would like to make a heartfelt appeal for everyone's commitment to respect the city's status quo, in conformity with the pertinent United Nations Resolutions". The Pope's words of concern came on Wednesday ahead of an expected announcement by US President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.  Arab leaders have warned the move will create turmoil and trigger violence.   Describing Jerusalem as unique city which is "Holy for Jews, Christians and Muslims, who venerate the Holy Sites of their respective religions", the Pope said it has a special vocation for peace.     "I pray to the Lord that its identity is preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world and that wisdom and prudence prevail to prevent new elements of tension from being added to a global context already convulsed by so many cruel conflicts" he said. Earlier in the morning the Pope called for dialogue that respects the rights of everyone in the Holy Land and expressed his hope for "peace and prosperity" for the Palestinian people during a previously scheduled meeting with a Palestinian delegation of religious and intellectual leaders in the Vatican. (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope Francis greets Palestinian delegation
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis before his General Audience on Wednesday, greeted a Palestinian delegation hosted by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Speaking to those gathered, the Pope told them that it was his hope "that your consultations may help to open a space of sincere dialogue for the benefit of all the members of Palestinian society, and the Christian community in particular, given its small numbers and the challenges it faces, especially with regard to emigration." The Holy Father emphasized that, "for the Catholic Church, it is always a joy to build bridges of dialogue with communities , individuals and organizations,  adding that it was a particular joy to do so with Palestinian religious and intellectual leaders." Dialogue , said the Pope, "takes place at every level: with ourselves through reflection and prayer, in our families, in our religious communities, between different religious communities, and also in civil society."   He noted that the primary condition of that dialogue was "reciprocal respect and a commitment to strengthening that respect, for the sake of recognizing the rights of all people, wherever they happen to be."   The Pope remarked that The Holy Land was for Christians "the land par excellence of dialogue between God and mankind."   He also highlighted the fact that the culmination of this dialogue took place in Nazareth between the Angel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary. The Holy Father went on to say, "that dialogue continues in a unique way between Jesus and his people, in representation of humanity as a whole." Concluding his greeting, Pope Francis recalled the "kindness that the Authorities of the State of Palestine, who he said, "have shown to the Christian community, acknowledging its place and its role in Palestinian society." (from Vatican Radio)...
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