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Pope prays for Europe and calls all Christians to ‘concreteness’

Pope Francis offered Mass this morning for unity in Europe, reflecting on the grace of concreteness.

Speaking from the Casa Santa Marta today, he said: “Let us pray for Europe, for the unity of the European Union, so that everyone together might move forward as brothers and sisters.”

He moved on, stating that the First Reading (1 John 1:5-2:2) talks of the contracts between light and darkness, truth and falsity, innocence and sin.

He said Christians are called to concreteness, and that we cannot be stuck in a grey area between sin and innocence.

Grey area

He said ‘the grey [area] makes you think that you are walking in the light because you are not in the darkness, and this soothes you,’ adding that such a mindset is ‘treacherous.’

He did however note that despite being called to concreteness, ‘if we say we are without sin, we deceive ourselves’ and that we are all sinners out of habit.

“Concreteness brings us to humility because humility is concrete,” he continued.

Pope Francis explained that the spiritual life is not complicated but we make it so created a lot of shades of grey.


He noted that the devil wants us to be tepid and to live in the grey area that is ‘neither good nor bad, white nor black.’

We therefore need concreteness so as not to become liars. Just like Peter after the miraculous catch of fish, concreteness should move us to recognise our sin and say ‘Leave me Lord, for I am a sinful man!’

Concluding his homily, the Pope prayed that we might receive the grace to know who we are before God.

He said: “Let us ask the Lord for the grace of simplicity that He might grant us the grace that He gives to the simple and to children who say what they feel, even if it is wrong.”

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