Vatican City, Mar 9, 2018 / 12:09 pm
At his annual Lenten penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis said that it is not God who abandons us when we sin, but we who separate ourselves from him by choosing to sin, and that no matter what we do, God never stops loving us.
"We know that the state of sin distances us from God. But in fact, sin is the way that we distance ourselves from him. Yet that does not mean that God distances himself from us," the Pope said March 9.
"The state of weakness and confusion that results from sin is one more reason for God to remain close to us," he continued. "The certainty of this should accompany us throughout our lives."
Pope Francis gave a brief homily during an annual Lenten penitential service in St. Peter's Basilica. He reflected on a passage from the first letter of John, which speaks about God's love for his children.