THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
A PEOPLE REBORN
Three marks of a “people reborn.” Three marks
of a community remnant that is restored to its authentic charism.
We are empowered to witness. For this to be so, we, especially
leaders, must be careful of certain threats to unity and peace
in the community.
Gossip, calumny, defamation. If you speak against another,
even if what you say is true, in a forum that has no authority
over the matter, then you are guilty of this.
for power. If you do not do your leadership task meekly,
humbly, and submissively, but maneuver to have your own
way, then you are guilty of this.
If your sole focus is not on fighting the one enemy, the
devil, and expend your energy in opposing others, then you
are guilty of this.
struggles. If you contest the vision and mission as enunciated
at the top and agreed upon by the leaders, and you bring
your discontent not directly to the leaders involved, then
you are guilty of this.
As Pope Francis warns, “the devil always tries to divide
us.” Do not allow yourself to be a tool of the devil.
Let us all be poor in spirit, humbled and humble, totally
submitted to God and His work, being true servants, loving
one another, working at peace and unity in the body, and fully
focused on the work at hand.
Pope's Morning Homily: 3 Marks of a People Reborn
at Casa Santa Marta Mass Says Devil Tries to Divide
April 29, 2014 (Zenit.org) - During the homily of his morning
Mass at his residence today, Pope Francis proposed
three marks of a "people reborn,"
which characterized the early Christian community.
Casa Santa Marta, the Holy Father said the Christian community
should be characterized by interior
unity, witness of Christ, and care of its members.
He spoke of the "rebirth from on high" in the Holy
Spirit, who gave life to the first group of "new Christians"
when "they still didn’t have that name."
had one heart and mind,"
the Pope said. "Peace.
A community in peace. This means that in this community there
was no room for gossip, envy, calumnies, defamation. Peace.
Forgiveness: 'Love covered everything.'"
stressed the importance of Christians' attitudes:
"Are they meek, humble? Do they vie for power between
each other in that community? Are there envious quarrels?
Is there gossip? [Then] they are not on the
path of Jesus Christ. This feature is so important, so important,
because the devil always tries
to divide us. He is the father of division."
Francis recognized that problems existed even for the first
recalled "the infighting,
the doctrinal struggles, power struggles."
an example of this he pointed to the widows who complained
of a lack of assistance so that the Apostles "had to
Francis proposed a reflection for today's Christian communities:
"Does this community give witness to the Resurrection
of Jesus Christ? Does this parish, this community, this diocese
really believe that Jesus Christ is Risen?"
Bishop of Rome said the third characteristic from which we
can measure the life of a Christian community is "the
what's your attitude or the attitude of this community toward
the poor?" he asked. "Second, is this community
poor? Poor in heart, poor in spirit? Or does it place its
trust in riches? In power?"
witness, poverty and care for the poor. This is what Jesus
explained to Nicodemus: This comes from above. Because the
only one who can do this is the Holy Spirit," the Pope
concluded. "This is the work of the Spirit. The Church
is built up by the Spirit. The
Spirit creates unity. The Spirit leads us to witness. The
Spirit makes us poor, because He is our wealth
and leads us to care for the poor."
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