Vatican City, Feb 16, 2020 / 06:26 am
God gives the grace both to follow his law exteriorly and to accept it in one's heart, which is what gives true freedom from passion and sin, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday.
"Let's not forget this: living the Law as an instrument of freedom, which helps me to be freer, which helps me not to be a slave to passions and sin," the pope said Feb. 16.
In his catechesis before the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis spoke about the difference between "formal compliance" and "substantive compliance" with the law, which is to accept the law also in one's "the center of the intentions, decisions, words, and gestures of each of us."
"Good and bad deeds," he said, "start from the heart."