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WATCH: “There Is No Saint Without a Past, No Sinner Without a Future”

Aleteia - published on 04/13/16

The only difference is grace

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis today continued his series of catecheses on mercy in the Sacred Scripture, considering the Gospel account of the calling of Matthew (Matt. 9:9-13).

In calling Matthew, “Jesus shows sinners that he does not look at their past … but rather opens to them a new future,” the pope said.

In unscripted remarks, he added: “I once heard a beautiful saying: ‘There is no saint without a past, and there is no sinner without a future.’ This is beautiful. This is what Jesus does. There is no saint without a past nor sinner without a future. It’s enough to respond to the invitation with a humble and sincere heart.”

To read the pope’s catechesis, click here.

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