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Letter from Rome: Trump and Gingrich need our prayers

Pope Francis reminds Christians of their duty to pray for government leaders, even ‘those who did not think as we do’

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"It is pointless, even tedious, for Christians to waste their time complaining about the world, about society, about everything that is not right. Complaints change nothing."

That was just one of the choice lines in an extraordinary homily Pope Francis delivered on June 29 for the liturgical feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the "founders" of the Church in Rome.

"Let us remember that complaining is the second door that closes us off from the Holy Spirit, as I said on Pentecost Sunday. The first is narcissism, the second discouragement, the third pessimism," the pope continued."

Narcissism makes you look at yourself constantly in a mirror; discouragement leads to complaining and pessimism to thinking everything is dark and bleak. These three attitudes close the door to the Holy Spirit, he explained.

Francis then went on to address matters concerning division within the Church. And it would not be a waste of time for all of us to read what he said and meditate more carefully on his words.

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