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Against Evil and Temptation? Pope Encourages Using God’s Weapons of Prayer, Reconciliation and Charity

In the midst of our failings and defeat, let us this Lent, remember God’s Kingdom will come.

Pope Francis encouraged Arabic-speaking Christians, especially those from the Middle East, to do so during today’s General Audience of Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

After his catechesis on the Our Father, the Pope said: “Dear brothers and sisters, when Jesus left us the “Our Father,” He wanted us to finish, asking the Father to free us from Evil.”

“We don’t think therefore it is a myth,” Francis said, warning: “such deception leads us to lower our guard, and so, as we reduce the defenses, he takes the opportunity to destroy our life…”

“Therefore,” Francis encouraged, “we are to have our “lamps lit”, and to use the powerful weapons that the Lord gives us: faith expressed in prayer, meditation on the Word of God, sacramental Reconciliation and works of charity.”

Pope Francis concluded, saying: “May the Lord bless you all.”

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