“Evangelize with hearts of fire” exhorts Pope Francis

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Pope Francis exhorted consecrated religious on Thursday to take part in an evangelization which “burns in the heart,” cautioning against gossip and narcissism as prominent dangers of consecrated life.

The Pope explained: “to evangelize is not only to convince, it’s to give witness that Jesus Christ is alive. And how do I give you this witness? With your flesh, with your life.”

While it is good to study and give courses in evangelization, the Pope said, “the ability of warming hearts doesn’t come from books, it comes from the heart!”

“If your heart is burning from love for Jesus Christ, you are a good evangelizer,” he said.

The Pope’s remarks came Sept. 17 in response to questions from consecrated men and women who took part in the World Meeting of Young Consecrated Men and Women.

He reflected on the consecrated sister as “the icon of the Mother Church and Mother Mary.” He says she has the “maternity of the Church” and an ability to be close to others.

He recounted the story of Korean sisters who ministered at a Buenos Aires hospital without knowing Spanish. They ministered with a caress and a smile.

Courtesy: CNA, Picture: Pope Francis speaks to a participant in the International Conference for Young Consecrated, Sept. 17, 2015. Credit: L’Osservatore Romano.

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