Heaven be praised! Jubilation. Huzza, Huzza.

Heaven be praised! Jubilation. Huzza, Huzza.

 From http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-christian-speech-is-genuine-not-self-serving/

 Pope: Christian speech is genuine, not self-serving

 Pope Francis preaches during the May 27, 2013 Mass in Saint Martha’s House. Credit: L’Osservatore Romano.

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2013 / 07:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Instead of sugar-coated words and flattery, when Christians speak they should offer the truth with love, without seeking to serve their own interests, Pope Francis said.

“Let us think closely today: What is our language? Do we speak in truth, with love, or do we speak with that social language to be polite, even say nice things, which we do not feel?” the Pope asked during his June 4 homily in Saint Martha’s House.

Those who are corrupt, he added, “are trying to weaken us with this language” by playing off a “certain inner weakness,” stimulated by “vanity” that enjoys hearing people say good things about us.

The Holy Father’s remarks were spurred by today’s reading from Mark 12, in which a group of Pharisees and Herodians tried to trap Jesus by asking him if Jews should pay taxes to Caesar.

These men approached Jesus “with soft words, with beautiful words, with overly sweet words. They try to show themselves his friends,” the Pope said.

However, all of their posturing is false because “they do not love the truth” but only themselves, Pope Francis stated. This results in the Pharisees trying to deceive Jesus about the reason for their questions.

“Hypocrisy is the very language of corruption. And when Jesus speaks to his disciples, he says: ‘let your language be, Yes, yes! No, no.’” * * *

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