Pope Francis is truly a remarkable leader. On top of that, he is like a lolo who always gives good advice.
Through the lessons he imparts during his homilies, Pope Francis guides us on how to live in accordance with Christ’s teachings. However, not everyone has immediate access to his weekly homilies due to geographic or language barriers, among others. (Read: An Expert’s Tip to Instilling Faith in Young Children)
To keep you updated on the Pope’s pieces of advice about living the Gospel, My Pope Philippines lists his three lessons on Christian living that he conveyed through his homilies.
#1. Prepare for Heaven With Faith and Good Works
Pope Francis reminds Christians that life’s ultimate purpose is to prepare for the kingdom of heaven. (Read: 4 Questions to Ask Yourself to Rid of Those Nega Vibes)
“People do everything as if they will never depart for the other life. And so, people care only about possessing, of standing out, settling down,” the Pope says in his remarks before the Angelus on November 8.
Reflecting on the days’ Gospel according to Matthew—the parable of the 10 virgins who went to a wedding feast with their oil lamps—Pope Francis explains how Jesus tells people they must be prepared both for Jesus’ final coming and in their commitment to charity to those in need.
“The lamp of faith is not enough; we also need the oil of charity and good works,” he said.
#2. Being Meek Is Essential for Holiness
To mark the feast of All Saints, Pope Francis commented on the Gospel reading, which was the Gospel of Matthew’s version of the beatitudes. According to him, the Eight Beatitudes describe the path to holiness but the call to meekness is a particular challenge to this generation. (Read: 3 Lessons ‘Over the Moon’ on Netflix Teaches Us About Grief)
“The meek are those who know how to control themselves, who leave space for the other; they listen to the other, respect the other’s way of living, his or her needs and requests. They do not intend to overwhelm or diminish the other, they do not want to loom over or dominate everything, nor do they impose their ideas or their own interests to the detriment of others,” he said.
“At this moment in life, even globally, there is so much aggressivity,” he said. “In everyday life as well, the first thing that comes out of us is aggression, defensiveness. We need meekness to progress on the path of holiness. To listen, to respect, not to attack: meekness.”
#3. Christians Must Intercede for, Not Condemn, Others
True believers do not condemn people for their sins or shortcomings but intercede on their behalf with God through prayer, Pope Francis says.
On his June 17 weekly general audience, the Pope reflected on how Moses implored God’s mercy for his people when they sinned and said that “Christians also must also act as intermediaries because even the worst sinners, the wickedest people, the most corrupt leaders—they are children of God.” (Read: 7 Prayers to Attain Peace of Mind)
“Think of Moses, the intercessor,” he said. “And when we want to condemn someone and we become angry inside—to get angry is good; it can be healthy, but to condemn does no good—let us intercede for him or her; it will help us so much.”