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Pope Francis: choose the Gospel, not the spirit of the world

September 19, 2016

During his September 18 Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis challenged the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to make a clear choice for the Gospel rather than the spirit of the world.

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel at Mass (Lk. 16:1-13), the Pope called for a “Christian astuteness” that rejects worldliness.

“Worldliness is manifested by attitudes of corruption, deception, abuse of power, and constitutes the most wrong road, the road of sin,” the Pope continued. “The journey of life necessarily involves a choice between two roads: between honesty and dishonesty, between fidelity and infidelity, between selfishness and altruism, between good and evil.”

“Jesus now urges us to make a clear choice between Him and the spirit of the world, including the logic of corruption, abuse of power and greed and that of righteousness, meekness and sharing,” he added. “May the Virgin Mary help us to choose at every opportunity and at all costs, the right way, even finding the courage to go against the current, in order to follow Jesus and His Gospel.”

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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Sep. 22, 2016 8:19 PM ET USA

    I wish he would apply the Gospel, which demands we honor he immutability of truth, instead of the spirit of the world, which views truth as capricious, to himself.