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Christians should carry light of Christ into the world, Pope urges

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Christians should be "luminous people" who carry the Light of Jesus Christ into the wider world, Pope Francis explained on Sunday in a reflection for his Sunday Angelus audience in St. Peter's Square. “We must carry the light of Christ with the witness of a genuine love,” said the Holy Father. “The Christian must be a luminous person who carries the light, a light that comes from one that his not his own, but a gift of God, a gift of Jesus. We carry this light forward! If a Christian loses this light, his life doesn’t make sense. He is a Christian in name only.”

“I want to ask you now, how do you want to live? As a lamp that is lit, or one that is off,” Francis asked the crowd directly, departing from prepared remarks. “I can’t hear your response!” the Pontiff exclaimed, urging a louder reply. “A lit lamp! This is the Christian vocation!” The Holy Father was reflecting on the Gospel for Sunday, in which Christ told his disciples that they were "the salt of the earth" and "the light of the world."

"The disciples were mere fishermen, simple people, but Jesus saw them with the eyes of God. Christ wanted to say to them: if you will be poor in spirit, if you will be gentle, if you will be pure of heart, if you will be merciful, you will be the salt of the earth and the light of the world! All of us who are baptized are missionary disciples and we are called to become a living gospel in the world: with a holy life we will give ‘flavor’ to diverse settings and preserve them from decay, as salt does.”

Pope Francis reminded the crowds to remember the dignity of sick and disabled persons on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, which is tomorrow. “The dignity of of the person is never reduced to his faculties or capacities, and does not diminish when the person himself is weak, handicapped, and in need of help,” the Pope declared. “So many write to me, and today I want to assure all of these families of a prayer, and I say to them: don’t be afraid of frailty! Help one another with love, and feel the consoling presence of God.”

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