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Pope asks: what kind of soil is our heart?

July 14, 2014

Pope Francis devoted his July 13 Angelus address to the parable of the sower (Mt. 13:1-23), the Gospel reading at Mass that day.

Calling the seed “the true protagonist of this parable,” the Pope reviewed Jesus’ explanation of the path, the rocky ground, the thorns, and the good soil in which the seed fell. After describing the Virgin Mary as the “perfect model” of the good soil, Pope Francis asked those gathered at St. Peter’s Square to reflect upon what kind of soil our heart is.

“And we will do well not to forget that we also are sowers,” he added. “What kind of seed comes from our heart and our mouth? Our words can do so much good and also so much evil … Our Lady teaches us, with her example, to welcome the Word, keep it, and make it bear fruit in ourselves and others.”


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