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“Those who have stubborn souls do not understand what God’s mercy is”. Those who are too “rigid” do not know how to “widen their heart” like God does. These were Pope Francis’ words during this morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta.
As Vatican Radio reports, for the second consecutive day, the Liturgy focuses on the Book of Jonah and on God’s mercy, which opens the hearts of all and wins over everything. For the Pontiff, the Prophet is “a stubborn man who wanted to teach God how to do things”.
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The last chapter of his story will be told tomorrow, however Jonah’s story is well known: the Lord asks the prophet to convert the city of Nineveh. First the prophet refuses to do so and runs away; then he carries out God’s orders “and he does it well”. But still, Francis observed, Jonah is “angry” and indignant because the Lord shows forgiveness towards the people who, with open hearts, showed repentance. Jonah is a “stubborn, but more than stubborn he was rigid, a rigid, inflexible man,” it was as if his “soul had been starched”.
And the “stubborn” of soul, the rigid, do not understand what God’s mercy is. They are like Jonah, “We must preach this, that these get punished because they have done evil and must go to...
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