We'll receive a $25,000 grant if others match it by Pentecost. $24,045 to go. Your gift will be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope Francis: Saints Peter and Paul show transforming power of Christ’s grace

Catholic World News - June 30, 2014

The lives of Saints Peter and Paul show that the grace of Christ can transform us, even “if we should happen to fall into the gravest sins, and into the darkest night,” Pope Francis said in his June 29 Sunday Angelus address.

Recalling that St. Peter denied Christ three times and that St. Paul persecuted the Church, Pope Francis said that “the grace of Christ accomplished great things in them, it transformed them.”

“Both welcomed the love of God and allowed themselves to be transformed by His mercy; they became friends and apostles of Christ,” he continued. “God is always able to transform us, as He transformed Peter and Paul, to transform our hearts and forgive us everything, thus transforming the darkness of sin into a dawn of light.”

Grace “pushes us to overcome the selfishness that we have in our heart in order to follow decisively the Master who has given His life for His friends,” he added. God can transform us “if we open our hearts and ask for forgiveness.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($24,045 to go):
$25,400.00 $1,355.00
95% 5%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

A silent scandal: Catholic schools promoting morally unacceptable vaccines 20 hours ago
A More Militant Church? 21 hours ago
How we'll know if the Vatican and the US hierarchy are serious about deposing negligent bishops 21 hours ago
Final take on the LCWR: A time to plant, a time to uproot 24 hours ago
With the LCWR, has the Vatican taken Gamaliel's advice? April 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - April 21