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God chooses the small, Pope reminds weekday congregation

Catholic World News - January 21, 2014

God “always chooses those who are small” as his special instruments, Pope Francis told a congregation at morning Mass on January 21.

“He chooses the weak and gentle to confuse the powerful people in our world,” the Pope said. He remarked that the faithful should be careful about “safeguarding our smallness so that we can have a dialogue with God.”

The Pope illustrated his argument by pointing to David, the youngest child in a large family, an insignificant shepherd boy who was raised up to govern Israel. As king he slipped into grave sin, but when confronted with that sin he humbled himself. “David safeguarded his smallness,” the Pope said, “through his contrition, his prayer and his grief.”

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