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Follow the voice of the Good Shepherd, Pope Francis reminds Catholics

Pope Francis underlined the importance of having the ability to tell the difference between right and wrong this weekend.

On the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Sunday May 3, the pope spoke of the Gospel of the day, dedicated to Jesus the Good Shepherd.

During the Regina Coeli, the pope discussed John 10:3, reciting, ‘the sheep hear His voice, as He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.’

The Pope then said: “The Lord calls us by name, He calls us because He loves us. But, the Gospel then tells us, there are other voices, not to be followed: those of strangers, thieves and brigands who want to harm the sheep.

“There different voices resonate within us. There is God’s voice, which speaks kindly to the conscience, and there is the tempting voice that leads to evil.”

Good and evil

He then spoke of the importance to be able to distinguish ‘God’s inspirations from the insinuation of the evil one,’ adding that ‘God’s voice never forces us: God proposes Himself. Instead, the evil voice seduces, assails, forces: it arouses dazzling illusions, emotions that are tempting, but transient.’

He also mentioned how the ‘voice of evil’ distracts us from living in the moment, and instead makes us focus on fears of the future or sadness about our pasts.

“God’s voice, instead, never promises cheap joy,” he continued. “It invites us to go beyond our ego to find that true good—peace.

Different environments

“God’s voice and the tempter’s speak in different ‘surroundings,'” he continued.

“The enemy prefers darkness, falsehood, and gossip; the Lord loves sunlight, truth and sincere transparency.”

Before reciting the Regina Coeli, the Pope invited the faithful to ask for the grace to recognise and follow the voice of the Good Shepherd who ‘brings us out of the enclosures of selfishness and leads us to the pastures of true freedom.’

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