Pope’s quotes: ‘Open your heart to the Lord’

A quote from Pope Francis:

“… He who loves Jesus, he who listens to Him and welcomes His Word, and he who lives in a sincere way the response to the Lord’s call cannot in any way lend himself to the works of evil. Either Jesus, or evil! Jesus did not invite us to dine with demons: he cast them out, because they were evil. It is not possible to declare oneself Christian and then violate the dignity of people; those who belong to the Christian community cannot plan and implement violent acts against others and against the environment. The outward gestures of religiosity, unaccompanied by true and public conversion, are not sufficient to believe oneself in communion with Jesus and with His Church. The external gestures of religiosity are not enough to credit as believers those who, with the wickedness and arrogance typical of miscreants, make illegality their way of living. To those who have chosen the way of evil and who are affiliated to delinquent organizations. I renew my invitation to conversion. Open your heart to the Lord! The Lord awaits you and the Church will welcome you if, just as your decision to serve evil is public, your wish to serve good is clear and public.”

— Audience with Italian diocese of Cassano all’Jonio in the region of Calabria, Feb. 21, 2015

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