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‘The Son of God was not an anarchist,’ Pope tells consecrated persons

February 02, 2016

Over 4,000 consecrated persons who had gathered in Rome for a conference concluding the Year of Consecrated Life met with Pope Francis in the Paul VI Audience Hall on February 1.

Setting aside his prepared remarks, the Pope emphasized the importance of obedience in the life of the religious and recalled the example of Christ’s obedience to God the Father.

“The anarchy of the will is the daughter of the demon, not a child of God,” he said. “The Son of God was not an anarchist.” 

Pope Francis also called religious to be close to others, beginning with the elderly members of their own communities, to shun gossip, and to pray for vocations rather than lose hope in the face of declining numbers.

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