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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Pope Francis explains why judging yourself is a Christian virtue

By Ann Schneible

.- The capacity of all men to commit the most despicable of sins should inspire the self-awareness necessary to accept God's mercy and move forward in the Christian life, Pope Francis said.

“We are all sinners,” the pontiff said in his Lenten homily at the Santa Marta residence chapel Mar. 2. He added that it is “a Christian virtue” to be able to judge oneself, according to Vatican Radio's translation.

To judge oneself means “not hiding from the roots of sin that are in all of 

us, the many things we are capable of doing, even if we cannot see them,” Pope Francis said.

While it is “easier to blame others” for our sins, he continued, it promotes interior peace and health to consider what “we are capable of doing,” even if at first, “we feel disgust.”

“We are all masters, professors of self-justification,” and “have an alibi to explain away our shortcomings, our sins,” while putting on “an innocent face,” he said.

“This is no way to lead a Christian life.”

Pope Francis explains why judging yourself is a Christian virtue :: Catholic News Agency (CNA):

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