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Pope raps 'triumphalist' thinking

September 10, 2013

Christians are often “embarrassed to confess that Christ is risen,” Pope Francis remarked in his homily at a morning Mass on September 10.

Recalling that the people of Athens listened with interest to St. Paul until he spoke of the Resurrection, the Pope said that astonishing truth of the Resurrection “makes us afraid.” He reminded his congregation that the apostles were afraid, locking themselves in the Upper Room, before the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

The Pope went on to criticize a “triumphalist” mentality, saying that some Christians who “in their hearts do not believe in the Risen Lord...want to make theirs a more majestic resurrection.” He charged that these people “do not believe deep down in the Risen One.”

The essential truth to keep in mind, the Pope said, is that Jesus is “the Winner, the Risen One. He won.” Christians should base all of their confidence on Christ and his Resurrection.


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  • Posted by: chady - Sep. 11, 2013 9:00 AM ET USA

    St Bernard advises 'He set my feet upon a rock' He adds what does God want from us? We must acknowledge our mistakes + boldness against His righteousness. Humble ourselves under His mighty hand and in the sight of His mercy. We need 2 say 'Heal me Lord and I shall be healed, save me and I shall be saved'. Our hearts will be cleansed we will then have great joy in the Spirit and know God's will in itself. We will then be able proclaim the Good News to those we meet with no fear of embarrassment.

  • Posted by: Niklas - Sep. 11, 2013 3:22 AM ET USA

    Let's redouble our prayers for the Holy Father...