Vatican City, Apr 4, 2018 / 02:31 am
On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Eucharist is key to living an authentic Christian witness, and that those who leave Mass unchanged, continuing to gossip or hold onto unholy habits, have missed the point.
"While the Mass ends, the commitment for Christian witness opens. We leave the church to go in peace to bring the blessing of God to our daily activities, to our homes, to our work, to the affairs of the earthly city, glorifying the Lord with our lives," the pope said April 4.
The Mass, he said, is not just a weekly commitment that can be forgotten once people exit the church doors.
"No. Christians go to Mass to participate in the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, and to live as better Christians," he said. "If we leave the church gossiping" or talking badly about other people, then "the Mass didn't enter into my heart, because I am not capable of living Christian testimony."