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Pope reveals how conversion really happens

Conversion comes from good deeds not words, pontiff says

Pope reveals how conversion really happens

Pope Francis greets Catholics as he arrives for a visit to the parish of Santa Maddalena di Canossa, near Rome March 12. (Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)

March 16, 2017

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Conversion doesn't come from the wave of a magic wand, but from learning to do good through concrete actions every day, Pope Francis said.

While even "the saintliest person sins seven times a day," conversion happens through humility and trying to become "better than the day before," Catholic News Service reported the pope as saying March 14 during a Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

"Converting doesn't mean going to a fairy with a magic wand," he said. "No, it is a path, a path of turning away [from evil] and of learning."

The pope said, "You learn to do good through concrete things. Not with words, but with actions."

Pope Francis said Christians are called to embark on "the path of Lenten conversion," knowing that God "is a father who speaks, he is a father who loves us."

"He accompanies us on this path of conversion. He only asks of us to be humble," he said. "Then our sins all will be forgiven."

 

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Source: Catholic News Service

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