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Christians who are decadent have forgotten encounter with Christ, Pope says

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Pope Francis said in his homily for Daily Mass today at the chapel of the St. Martha Residence that entirely too many Christians have become decadent and are, in fact, failing to have an encounter with Christ. “If a Christian is not able to feel themselves a sinner and saved by the blood of Christ, this crucified one, they are a half-way Christian, a tepid Christian,” the Pope told the assembled congregation. “When we find decadent churches, when we find decadent parishes, decadent institutions, surely the Christians who are there have never encountered Jesus Christ or have forgotten about this encounter with Jesus Christ.”

“The strength of the Word of God is in that encounter between my sins and the blood of Christ, which saves me,” the Pontiff explained, “and when there is no encounter, there is no strength in the heart. When we forget that encounter that we had in life, we become worldly, we want to speak about the things of God with human language, and this is not good: it doesn't give life.”

“The strength of the Christian life and the strength of the Word of God are precisely in that moment where I, a sinner, encounter Jesus Christ," the Pontiff preached, "and that encounter renews my life, changes my life...and gives me the strength to announce salvation to others.”

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