Pope Francis yesterday warned Christians to avoid living in a “fog” of sadness, sloth and complaining, instead of rejoicing in the spiritual healing they have received from Christ. Source: CNA.
By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA
There are “many Christians who live this state of sloth, unable to do anything but complain about everything,” the Pope said at Mass in the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse yesterday.
“Sloth is a poison, it is a fog that surrounds the soul and does not let it live,” he continued. “It’s also a drug, because if you taste it often, you like it. And you end up a ‘sad-addict,’ a ‘sloth-addict.’”
Francis added that sloth is a “fairly usual sin among us,” one which the devil “can use to annihilate our spiritual life as well as our life as people.
He urged people to reflect on the healing water of their baptism, through which Christ gave them new life, and through which they find salvation.
The Pope is offering his daily morning Mass for those affected by COVID-19. The Masses are being livestreamed throughout the coronavirus emergency.
Francis yesterday prayed particularly for the doctors and priests who have died from the coronavirus after treating or visiting the sick.
“I have heard that some doctors, priests have passed away in recent days, I don’t know if [there are] any nurses [who have died],” Pope Francis said.
“We pray for them, for their families, and I thank God for the example of heroism they give us in treating the sick,” he added.
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