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Sacrifice Necessary for Christian Life, Pope Teaches
EWTN News ^ | 4/14/13 | Hillary Senour

Posted on 04/15/2013 1:00:46 PM PDT by marshmallow

Pope Francis delved deeper into the readings for the Third Sunday of Easter, highlighting proclamation, witness and worship as essential to the faith, while also recognizing those who suffer for Christ in the world today.

Reflecting on the first reading, Pope Francis said, “what strikes us is the strength of Peter and the Apostles.” He delivered his April 14 homily during Mass at the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

He highlighted the fact that although they were ordered to be silent and not teach about the Risen Lord, the Apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Even in the face of violence and imprisonment, they “proclaim courageously, fearlessly” the Gospel of Jesus.

“And we? Are we capable of bringing the word of God into the environment in which we live?” Pope Francis asked.

He explained that, “Faith is born from listening, and is strengthened by proclamation.”

The Pope likened the testimony of faith to a “great fresco” that is made up of “a variety of colors and shades,” all of which are “important, even those which do not stand out.”

“In God’s great plan, every detail is important, even yours, even my humble little witness, even the hidden witness of those who live their faith with simplicity in everyday family relationships, work relationships, friendships.”

He said that while the world is filled with “hidden” saints in the “middle class of holiness” to which “we can all belong,” many Christians throughout the world are suffering like Peter and the Apostles.

Whichever way we are called to follow Christ, the Holy Father taught, we must remember “one cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life.”

Indeed, “proclamation and witness” are only possible if we recognize Christ since he is the one who.....

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1 posted on 04/15/2013 1:00:46 PM PDT by marshmallow
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2 posted on 04/15/2013 2:05:45 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: marshmallow
“We must obey God rather than men.”

Amen.

“In God’s great plan, every detail is important, even yours, even my humble little witness, even the hidden witness of those who live their faith with simplicity in everyday family relationships, work relationships, friendships...”

...“one cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life.”

Thank you.

3 posted on 04/15/2013 2:51:36 PM PDT by marron
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