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Pope Francis: ‘Jesus is the only One who frees us and saves us’

 
Pope Francis, in his Sunday Angelus has spoken of the need to allow Jesus to come into our lives to cleanse us and for us to allow our bodies to be inhabited by him, and only him. The Pope said: “Let us allow Him to enter into our lives, into our families, into our hearts….so that we might be able to rediscover the beauty of the encounter with Christ, the only One Who frees us and saves us.”
 
The Pope said: “His [Jesus’] humanity is the true temple where Godis revealed, speaks, is encountered; and the true worshippers, the true worshippers of God are not only the guardians of the material temple, the keepers of power and of religious knowledge, [but] they are those who worship God “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23).

No embarrassment in showing your Christian faith to the world (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 8th March 2015)

Wouldn't this look nice in your front window?
 
From Sunday’s First Reading (Exodus 20:1-17):
 
‘God spoke all these words. He said, ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
‘You shall have no gods except me.
‘You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God and I punish the father’s fault in the sons, the grandsons, and the great-grandsons of those who hate me; but I show kindness to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

What does "You shall not have strange gods before me mean?" and are new age beliefs acceptable?

What does “You shall not have strange gods before me” mean?
 
This commandment forbids us: to adore other gods and pagan deities or to worship an earthly idol or to devote oneself entirely to some earthly good (money, influence, success, beauty, youth, and so on) to be superstitious, which means to adhere to esoteric, magic or occult or New Age practices or to get involved with fortune telling or spiritualism, instead of believing in God’s power, providence and blessings to provoke God by word of deed to commit a sacrilege to acquire spiritual power through corruption and to desecrate what is holy through trafficking (simony).

Dwelling on the Word of God: Shifting Away from Worldly Ideals to the Love of God (Thursday 5th December 2013)

 
Today’s Gospel (Matthew 7:21,24-27):
 
‘Jesus said to his disciples: ‘It is not those who say to me, “Lord, Lord,” who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. ‘Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock. But everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand.

Evangelii Gaudium: Pope Francis on Money, Power and a new Idolatry

 
The Pope states: ‘We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf (cf.Ex32:1-35) has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose.’
 
The Pope, who suggested a new tyranny has been born among the wealthy in society, then states: ‘Behind this attitude lurks a rejection of ethics and a rejection of God. Ethics has come to be viewed with a certain scornful derision. It is seen as counterproductive, too human, because it makes money and power relative.
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