Sin impoverishes and isolates us, says Pope Francis

Sin impoverishes and isolates us, says Pope Francis

PA-22494562-1-800x500Sin “impoverishes us and isolates us,” said Pope Francis to the faithful gathered for the penitential liturgy in St Peter’s Basilica.

While addressing the gathering before the worldwide “24 Hours for the Lord,” an initiative from Italy to encourage people to turn to God through confession, the Pope stated that “It is a blindness of the spirit, which prevents us from seeing what is most important, from fixing our gaze on the love that gives us life.”

The Pontiff exhorted the faithful to cast aside all that prevented one from racing towards Him, unafraid of leaving behind those things which makes one feel safe and to which one is attached. Let us not remain sedentary, but let us get up and find our spiritual worth again, our dignity as loved sons and daughters who stand before the Lord so that we can be seen by him, forgiven and recreated,” the Pope added.

He concluded by saying, “This Jubilee of Mercy is the favourable time to welcome God’s presence, to experience his love and to return to him with all our heart.”