Vatican City, Sep 7, 2013 / 09:01 am
In his daily homily on Saturday, Pope Francis reflected on the question of authentic Christianity and rejected the practice of focusing more on devotions than on Christ himself.
Jesus is "the center" of faith, said the Pope. "A commandment is valid if it comes from Jesus: I do this because the Lord wants me to do this. But if I am a Christian without Christ, I do this and I don't know why I have to do it," he said to the congregation at the Vatican's Casa Santa Marta on September 7.
Like the Pharisees, he said, there are some people who "make so many commandments the center of their religiosity."
Others who have a false sense of religiosity "only seek devotions" or "things that are a little uncommon, a little special, that go back to private revelations," noted Pope Francis.