Sunday, June 01, 2014

Pope Francis at the "Renewal of the Spirit" Convocation in Rome

“Families are the domestic church where Jesus grows 
in the love of a married couple, 
in the lives of their children. 
This is why the devil attacks the family so much. 
The devil doesn’t want it and tries to destroy it. 
The devil tries to make love disappear from there.” - Pope Francis


 This is very affirming for thousands, millions of Catholics who have often been maligned and marginalized by some in the Church for their participation in the Charismatic Renewal.  Pope Francis is the first Pope to participate in such an event.  Praise God.
During his main discourse, Pope Francis said members of the charismatic renewal had “received a great gift from the Lord.”  He said that when he thinks of members of the charismatic movement, a particular image of the Church comes to mind. “I think also of a great orchestra, where every instrument is different from the other, and the voices are also different; but all are necessary for the harmony of the music.” The Pope then reminded them that, like in an orchestra, no one in the Renewal can think of themselves as being more important than another, or consider think of themselves as a leader. “You have only one leader, only one lord: the Lord Jesus.” 
 Pope Francis then addressed the representatives of the family, warning that the devil seeks to destroy the family. He called on the Lord to bless families, giving them strength against these attacks from the devil. - Vatican News

Another report here

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