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Test the spirits, Pope urges faithful

January 07, 2014

“Test the spirits to see if they really come from God, because many false prophets have come into the world,” Pope Francis urged the congregation at daily Mass on Tuesday, January 7.

The Holy Father spoke about the importance of discerning spirits, recommending that the faithful ask themselves whether ideas and impulses come from God or from their own desires. The best test, he said, is given by St. John: “Every come in the flesh belongs to God, and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus does not belong to God.”

Pope Francis said that a spirit that comes from God should reflect the path of Jesus Christ: “the path of service, of humility, of humiliation, of charity.”


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