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Pope, at weekday Mass, reflects on ‘the little prayer that moves God’

January 17, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: At a Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on January 16, Pope Francis preached on Mark 1:40-45, which recounts the leper’s prayer to Christ (“If you wish, you can make me clean”).

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 17, 2020 9:55 AM ET USA

    Hyperbole? From the cited article: "the greater a sinner you are, the closer the Lord is to you." Luther: "Be a sinner and sin boldly...As long as we are here, we have to sin. This life is not the dwelling place of righteousness" (letter to Melanchthon). I see a certain correspondence in these excerpts. We know that grace is not a respecter of persons (e.g., sinner vs nonsinner) and that "where sin abounded, grace did more abound." The former seems the more personal, the latter more corporate.