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Learn from the example of St. Paul, says Pope

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In his homily for daily Mass yesterday, Pope Francis reflected on the challenges and difficulties faced by St. Paul in his ministry, and he said that Paul was only able to move forward by keeping his focus on the Holy Spirit. “What kind of heart do we have? Is it a fickle heart which like a dancer, like a butterfly flits from one to another or “is it a heart fixed on the Holy Spirit,” the Holy Father asked as part of his remarks. Pope Francis discussed the importance of St. Paul's commitment to evangelization and spreading the Gospel. Paul did not even complain, said the Pope, when people in Iconium attempted to stone him to death. “And this can only come from a steady heart,” Francis said. “Where was Paul's heart that he was able to make so many changes in such a short time and meet these situations in an appropriate way?”

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The Holy Father further went on to say that we, as Christians, should follow St. Paul's example. “With this example, we can ask ourselves today: What kind of heart do we have? Is it a fickle heart which like a dancer, like a butterfly flits from one to another…always in motion; Is it a heart that is scared by the vicissitudes of life, and is hiding and afraid to give witness to Jesus Christ," the Pontiff asked, “is it a brave heart or a heart that has so much fear and is always trying to hide? What does our heart care for? What treasure does our heart custody? Is my heart fixed upon creatures, the problems that we all have? Is my heart fixed upon everyday gods or is it a heart fixed on the Holy Spirit?”

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