Vatican City, Jun 30, 2016 / 04:10 am
In his Jubilee general audience for the month of June, Pope Francis focused his speech on the works of mercy and how to put them into action. He also gave thanks for his recent visit to Armenia, and spoke of his coming trips to Georgia and Azerbaijan.
"Mercy without works is dead," the Pope said June 30, quoting St. James. What brings mercy to life, he said, is "it's constant dynamism for going to meet the needy and the necessities of the many spiritually and materially disadvantaged."
He encouraged pilgrims to make "a serious examination of conscience," telling them "not to ever forget that mercy is not an abstract word, but a style of life."
"It's one thing to speak of mercy, but it's another to live mercy," he said, noting that a person can either be merciful or unmerciful, but either way "it's a lifestyle I choose."