Vatican City, 18 March, 2020 / 11:49 am (ACI Africa).
Showing and receiving God’s mercy are central aspects of Christian life – and everyone is in debt to God for the mercy he has already been shown, Pope Francis said during his general audience address Wednesday.
“Mercy is not one dimension among others, it is the center of Christian life: there is no Christianity without mercy,” he said March 18.
“If all our Christianity does not lead us to mercy, we have taken the wrong path,” he underlined, “because mercy is the only true goal of every spiritual journey. It is one of the most beautiful fruits of charity.”
He explained that “we are all debtors: to God, who is so generous, and to our brothers and sisters. We are all ‘in deficit’ in life. And we need mercy.”
During the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis is giving his weekly public audiences live via internet streaming from the library of the apostolic palace.