Vatican City, Sep 13, 2019 / 12:11 pm
Fidelity to tradition ensures a fruitful future, Pope Francis said in a meeting Thursday with a contemplative-missionary community rooted in the spirituality of St. Augustine.
"To be modern, some believe that it is necessary to break away from the roots. And this is their ruin, because the roots, the tradition, are the guarantee of the future," Pope Francis said Sept. 12.
In an audience with nearly 200 members of the General Chapter of the Discalced Augustinians, the pope explained that "true tradition" is like the roots that bring a tree sap that allows it to grow, flourish, and bear fruit.
"Never break away from your roots to be modern, that's suicide," Francis told the Augustinians.