Vatican City, Aug 18, 2013 / 09:22 am
During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of a deep faith that is fixed on Jesus, warning against a religious life that is only superficial.
Faith "is not some decorative or ornamental thing," said Pope Francis to cheering crowds in St. Peter's Square Aug. 13.
"To live the faith is not to decorate life with a little religion, like a cake is decorated with a little frosting. No! It's not that. Faith entails choosing God as a fundamental criterion of life, and God is neither meaningless nor neutral. God is love!" he said.
The Pope acknowledged that Jesus' remarks in Sunday's Gospel are challenging.