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Pope: Wandering, halting on Jesus’ path turns Christians into ‘spiritual mummies’
May 10th, 2016
By Catholic News Service


VATICAN CITY – Christians distracted from the path set out by Jesus can turn into decrepit “spiritual mummies,” Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.


Spiritual mummies stray from the path of Christian life by choosing to stand still “not doing evil, but not doing good” either, the pope said May 3 in his homily during Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.


“A Christian who doesn’t walk, who doesn’t move on the path, is a ‘non-Christian’ Christian. No one knows what he is. He is a bit of a ‘paganized’ Christian; he’s there, he’s still, but he doesn’t go forward in Christian life. The Beatitudes do not flourish in his life; he does not do the works of mercy; he is still,” the pope said.


The day’s Gospel reading was Jesus’ discourse during the Last Supper in which he tells his disciples that he is “the way, the truth and the life.”


“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father,” Jesus said.


The pope said there are two types of Christians who fail in following the true path: those who are stubborn and those who wander like vagabonds.


Stubborn Christians tend to believe they know the path and “do not allow the voice of the Lord to tell them: ‘Go back and take the right path,’” he said. On the other hand, vagabond Christians walk around aimlessly in circles and are easily distracted by worldly vanities.


“There are others who on the path are seduced by something beautiful and they stop midway; fascinated by what they see – by this idea, by that proposal, by that landscape – and they stop! Christian life is not something charming: it is a truth! It is Jesus Christ!” he said.


From May 12, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.






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