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Repentance unlocks power of God's mercy, Pope tells audience

November 13, 2015

Genuine repentance unlocks the power of God’s mercy, Pope Francis said in a November 13 address to members of the Romano Guardini Foundation.

The Pope reminded his audience—gathered in Rome for a conference marking the 130th anniversary of the Catholic theologian’s birth—that repentance and acceptance of God’s will were key themes of Romano Guardini’s work.

Living in unity with God, as Guardini saw it, “is realized not in isolation but in society,” the Pope continued. He explained that the individual who heeds God’s message recognizes that he is “woven into a people.” In Europe today, the Pontiff suggested, God is presenting an affluent society with “the hungry to be fed, the thirsty to slake their thirst, the stranger to be welcomed and the naked to be clothed.”

“I am convinced that Guardini is a thinker who has much to say to the men and women of our time, and not only to Christians,” Pope Francis concluded.

 


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