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    » 11/14/2013, 00.00

    VATICAN

    Pope: Our Lady "is not a postmistress, who sends messages every day".



    During Mass at Casa Santa Marta Francis speaks of the spirit of curiosity "when we want to take over God’s project, the future, things; know everything, control everything ... " . It’s a spirit that creates confusion and leads us away from the Spirit of wisdom "which instead helps us to judge, to make decisions according to the heart of God. This spirit gives us peace, always ."

    Vatican City ( AsiaNews) - The Virgin Mary is our mother and loves everyone, " but she is not a postmistress, who sends messages every day". This is how Pope Francis commented on the "spirit of curiosity", the desire to "take over God's plan" instead of "walking " in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and pushes us to want to say that the Lord is here or there: or to say " But I know a visionary who receives letters from Our Lady, messages from Our Lady ."

    The Pope spoke this morning of the spirit of curiosity that leads to confusion and distances us from the Spirit of wisdom, commenting during mass celebrated at Casa Santa Marta on the passage from the Book of Wisdom, which describes " the state of mind of the spiritual man and woman" of the true Christian who lives " And this wisdom carries them forward with this intelligent, holy, single, manifold and subtle spirit". As reported by Vatican Radio , Francis said that " This is journeying in life with this spirit: the spirit of God, which helps us to judge, to make decisions according to the heart of God. And this spirit gives us peace, always! It is the spirit of peace, the spirit of love, the spirit of fraternity. And holiness is exactly this. That which God asked of Abraham-'Walk in my presence and be irreproachable'-is this: this peace. To follow the movement of the Spirit of God and of this wisdom. And the man and woman who walk this path, we can say they are wise men and women... because they follow the movement of God's patience.".

    In the Gospel, the Pope underlined, "we find ourselves before another spirit, contrary to the wisdom of God: the spirit of curiosity". "And when we want to be the masters of the projects of God, of the future, of things, to know everything, to have everything in hand... the Pharisees asked Jesus, 'When will the Kingdom of God come?' Curious! They wanted to know the date, the day... The spirit of curiosity distances us from the Spirit of wisdom because all that interests us is the details, the news, the little stories of the day. Oh, how will this come about? It is the how: it is the spirit of the how! And the spirit of curiosity is not a good spirit. It is the spirit of dispersion, of distancing oneself from God, the spirit of talking too much. And Jesus also tells us something interesting: this spirit of curiosity, which is worldly, leads us to confusion".

    Curiosity, the Pope continued, impels us to want to feel that the Lord is here or rather there, or leads us to say: "But I know a visionary, who receives letters from Our Lady, messages from Our Lady". And the Pope commented: "But, look, Our Lady is the Mother of everyone! And she loves all of us. She is not a postmaster, sending messages every day.Such responses to these situations, he affirmed, "distance us from the Gospel, from the Holy Spirit, from peace and wisdom, from the glory of God, from the beauty of God." "Jesus says that the Kingdom of God does not come in a way that attracts attention: it comes by wisdom.. The Kingdom of God is among you,' said Jesus, and it is this action of the Holy Spirit, which gives us wisdom and peace. The Kingdom of God does not come in (a state of) confusion, just as God did not speak to the prophet Elijah in the wind, in the storm (but) he spoke in the soft breeze, the breeze of wisdom."

    "Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus would say that she had always to stop herself before the spirit of curiosity," he said. "When she spoke with another sister and this sister was telling a story about the family, about people, sometimes the subject would change, and she would want to know the end of the story. But she felt that this was not the spirit of God, because it was a spirit of dispersion, of curiosity. The Kingdom of God is among us: do not seek strange things, do not seek novelties with this worldly curiosity. Let us allow the Spirit to lead us forward in that wisdom, which is like a soft breeze," he said. "This is the Spirit of the Kingdom of God, of which Jesus speaks. So be it".

     

     

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