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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
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.".
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."
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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