POPE FRANCIS GIVES PRACTICAL LESSONS ON HOW TO BE ‘SALT OF EARTH’ AND ‘LIGHT OF THE WORLD’

POPE GIVES LESSONS ON HOW TO BE ‘SALT OF EARTH’, ‘LIGHT OF THE
WORLD’
(“Posted by Deborah
Castellano Lubov on 7 June, 2016 from ZENITH – Vatican website)
Christians are to be salt of the earth and light of the world, and
there’s a ‘battery’ that we can use to never run out of either. According to
Vatican Radio, the Holy Father stressed this during his daily morning Mass
today at Casa Santa Marta, as he recalled today’s Gospel reading. The Pope drew
inspiration from today’s Gospel reading, when Jesus tells His disciples “You
are the salt of the earth,” “You are the light of the world.” Christians, he
said, must be salt and light, but never self-serving: salt must add flavor and
light must illuminate the other.
The ‘Battery’
The Pope went on to ask, “What must a Christian do in order for the salt
not to run out, so that the oil to light the lamp does not come to an end?” The
“battery” a Christian uses to generate light, the Pope explained, is simply
prayer. “There are many things one can do, many works of charity, many great
things for the Church – a Catholic University, a college, a hospital – you may
even be rewarded as a benefactor of the Church with a monument, but if you do
not pray, it will be dark and dimly lit,” he advised.
Prayer, Francis continued, is what lights up Christian life, and is a
“serious” matter. He underscored that our prayers, in all their forms, must
come from the heart.
Regarding the salt that Christians are called to be, he noted, “it
becomes salt when it is given to others.” This, Francis explained, is
another Christian attitude: “to give of oneself, to give flavor to the lives of
others, to give flavor to many things with the message of the Gospel.”
How We Don’t Run Out of Salt, Light
“Salt is something to be used, not to keep for oneself, but to give to
others. It’s curious,” he continued, “both salt and light are for others, not
for oneself: salt does not give flavor to itself; light does not illuminate
itself.”
“Of course, you may be wondering how long salt and light can last
without running out if we continue to give of ourselves relentlessly,” he
acknowledged, noting, “That’s where the power of God comes in, the Pope
explained, because the Christian is salt given to us by God during Baptism,
it’s a gift that never ends.”
Pope Francis urged Christians to shine brightly and always overcome the
temptation to shine light upon themselves. Calling it ‘mirror spirituality,’
the Argentine Pope said, “It is a bad thing” to want to shine light onto
oneself.
Be light to illuminate, be salt to give flavor and to
preserve”!!! 
Pope Francis concluded.

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