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Following Christ means accepting suffering, Pope says in homily

Catholic World News - September 27, 2013

In his homily at a Mass on September 27, Pope Francis said that “the proof is somebody is a true Christian is his ability to endure humiliations with joy and patience.”

Following the path laid out be Jesus involves acceptance of suffering, the Pope explained. He pointed to the example of St. Peter, who recoiled at the thought that Jesus would face suffering and death. “Peter was frightened and scandalized, just like many Christians,” the Holy Father observed.

The fear of suffering, the Pope said, reflects “the temptation of a spiritual wellbeing,” and “the scandal of the Cross continues to block many Christians.”

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 05, 2013 1:32 PM ET USA

    Interesting that he should choose this passage to comment. It is directly following the declaration to Peter that "Upon this rock I shall build my Church..." and directly before the harsh rebuke to the same man "Get behind me you Satan...!" Every man, every Christian walks this tightrope.

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