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Pope Francis delivered some strong words about hypocrisy at a recent mass. When discussing the scandal of “saying one thing and doing another,” he said:

So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others. How many times have we heard — all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere — ‘But to be a Catholic like that, it’s better to be an atheist.’ It is that: scandal.

The pope also called out Christians who try to earn their salvation through works and associating with groups that don’t actually do the things they say they are going to do.

He said there are people who say, “Here I am, Lord! … I went to Church, I was close to you, I belong to this association, I did this… Don’t you remember all the offerings I made?”

Adding that God’s reply would be, “Yes, I remember. The offerings, I remember them: All dirty. All stolen from the poor. I don’t know you.” Discuss

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Pope Francis is extremely opposed to people checking Instagram and texting while sitting down for a meal with their family and friends. This week, while speaking to young people at a college, he used a dramatic analogy to warn about the death of face-to-face conversations. He said,

When we're at the table, when we are speaking to others on our telephones, it's the start of war because there is no dialogue.

He also encouraged people to be nicer to strangers, even in a culture where online interactions can quickly become hostile, saying,

We need to lower the tone a bit, speak less and listen more … dialogue which brings hearts closer together [is] a medicine against violence.

Solid advice. Discuss

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