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Recover the value of meekness, says Pope Francis

By on Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Pope Francis celebrates  Mass (Photo: PA)

Pope Francis celebrates Mass (Photo: PA)

Christians need to recover the value of meekness, particularly when they are tempted to speak ill of one another, Pope Francis said during his early morning Mass on Tuesday.

Complaining behind each others’ backs is a temptation that comes “from the Evil One who does not want the Spirit to dwell among us and give peace, meekness to the Christian community,” the Pope said.

Joining Pope Francis for the Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae were staff members of the Vatican health service and from the general services department of the office governing Vatican City State.

The Pope’s brief homily focused on the first reading, from the Acts of the Apostles, which describes the members of the earliest Christian community as being “of one heart and mind.”

Catholics today must strive to model their relationships on those of the earliest Christians, who truly lived the experience of having received a new life through baptism, Pope Francis said. The new life offered through the grace of baptism is something that Christians must work on developing; even though it “principally depends on the Spirit,” he added, it also takes effort on the part of each individual to cooperate with that grace.

The new life of the early Christians was expressed in “that unity, unanimity, that harmony of feelings in mutual love,” he said, according to Vatican Radio. He said the virtue of meekness, which is a key to harmony, has been “a bit forgotten.”

Meekness, he said, has “many enemies” and the first is gossip. “When one prefers gossiping, gossiping about another, it’s like clobbering another. This is normal, it happens to everyone, including me, it is a temptation of the Evil One.”

The struggle against such harmful chatter, he said, is something that continually sows tensions in parishes, families, neighborhoods and among friends. “But this is not the new life” promised by baptism, because when the Holy Spirit descends, “it gives birth to a new life within us, it makes us meek, charitable,” the Pope explained.

  • NatOns

    ‘Complaining behind each others’ backs is a temptation that comes “from the Evil One who does not want the Spirit to dwell among us and give peace, meekness to the Christian community,” the Pope said.’

    What a witness! Sadly – not least in the web-world – tittle-tattle and venomous attack is the norm. I suppose the sheer insularity of the keypad and screen acts as a further distancing from ‘observed’ behaviour; fortunately, then, the Lord our God knows our hearts .. and has compassion on us – when we turn once more to him (and our communion in him).

    God bless our Pope!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sgoulettecooper Stephanie Goulette Cooper

    Amen to this. And, as hard as it is, we must forgive them, as God forgives us.

  • -blessed holy socks

    Couldn’t’ve put it any better, brudda: wiseabove.blogspot.com

  • andHarry

    ‘The Pope’s brief homily focused on the first reading, from the Acts of
    the Apostles, which describes the members of the earliest Christian
    community as being “of one heart and mind.”’

    What a lost opportunity for Pope Francis to spend some time focusing on the
    reading before him. Instead, he waffled briefly about meekness as the cement for
    the early heart and mind unity of the Holy Spirit-led church described
    in Acts. He totally avoids the living evidence cited for such unity;
    that all property was held in common. He stopped reading after the tenth
    word.

    “The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no-one
    claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned
    was held in common”

  • brother francis – franciscan

    Excellent reminder

  • bazzerman

    The problem is that with many on the internet hiding behind “false names” people feel that they can say what they like with total impunity. It is so sad when this happens on Christian and Catholic Blogs and websites as Christ taught us to love one another. This often appears to be the last thing that is in the Blogger’s mind.

  • OneoftheSheep

    WE are one body, one body in Christ, and we do not stand alone!

  • Ted

    This Pope is incredible. He is amazing – everything that comes out of his mouth is spot on. We can all become saints if we follow his suggestions!

  • lillypad73

    Meekness: I stepped into the word

    And looked every which way around.

    I discovered the Lord.

    He was everywhere to be found!

    One who is selfless in service

    And squares his shoulders for the task.

    Who but follows his known purpose

    And, through every trial, he does pass.

    As a willing participant,

    He enjoys his life and learning.

    When called for, he is indignant,

    To show God’s love, he is yearning.

    He is able to take criticism

    And knows when to be silent.

    He is a model citizen

    Because he is self-reliant.

    His goal is but to please

    And he endures ingratitude.

    His soul is filled with peace

    From a positive attitude.

    He is observant most of all

    And finds nature is his tutor.

    As all things point to God

    He is hopeful for the future.

    Pondering Meekness- A Dimension of True Discipleship

    By Neal A Maxwell

    BYU Address 1982

  • andHarry

    ‘Because he is self-reliant.

    …….

    And finds nature is his tutor.’

    ‘Meekness’ in the Christian sense is reliant on Christ, not self; and all Nature is fallen.

  • No-Name Tesco

    I hide behind a false name so the I can not have to engage with people. I find also that I like to be able to say what I like with impunity. I believe I have that right.

  • No-Name Tesco

    God the Spirit would disagree, andHarry.