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Pope: 'no saint without a past, no sinner without a future'

January 19, 2016

"There is no saint without a past, and no sinner without a future," Pope Francis told the congregation at a morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on January 19.

Commenting on the choosing of King David, the Pope remarked that the prophet Samuel was not guided by outward appearances, because "the Lord looks into the heart." 

As king of Israel, David was a great sinner who repented, the Pope conitnued. His example, he said, "makes us think of our own lives." Like David, Christians "have been consecrated by the Lord on the path toward sainthood." But also like David, all Christians sin. God makes it possible for all sinners to repent, however. 

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  • Posted by: chady - Jan. 20, 2016 8:05 AM ET USA

    What words of encouragement for us all. Thank you God for the Spirit at work in Pope Francis - its what we and the world need to hear. You are a loving God. 'Lead us in the way of Truth and teach us Lord. You are a God who saves' Psalm 25:5