July 8, 2013 (Romereports.com) Pope Francis met with thousands  of seminarians and novices who came to  Rome for a four day event on the Year  of  Faith. During his speech, the  Pope was very direct. He reminded the group  that  following God’s call  isn’t a temporary or part time  option. This, despite the temptations of  the modern world.
Pope Francis “Becoming a priest, religious or nun, isn’t  about a choice we make entirely ourselves. I don’t trust a seminarian, or a  novice, who says ‘I chose this path.’ I don’t like this! It’s not right. Our  answer is triggered by a call to love. It’s something you feel inside.  Something  that’s unsettling. To this, you respond, ‘Yes.’ More  than 6,000 seminarians and novices, took part in the  gathering.  The  Pope also reminded them, that following God’s path, isn’t  about material riches,  but inner graces.
Pope  Francis “When you see a  seminarian, a priest, a nun, a novice  that’s sad and with a long face, it seems  like their life has been shut off by  a heavy cover.  This makes you stop  along your tracks.  It brings you  down.  Something is wrong! But  please… a sister, a priest with a sour  face. Never! True joy comes from  Jesus!” There will be challenging  times ahead, said the Pope, but  it’s then that they must look deep inside and  transmit the joy that comes with  proclaiming the Gospel.   He also told them, they shouldn’t  give into a culture of  gossip. Even the Pope said, there was a  time, when he gave  into it.
Pope Francis “It’s  common: Jealousy,  envy, gossiping about one another. It’s not just about  criticizing one’s  superior-that’s already a classic. This is so, so common. Even  I feel into this  trap. I took part in it, so many times. I’m ashed to say it.  I’m ashamed! It’s  not right.” So the answer lies in building  a fraternity. Reflecting on a Bible passage, the Pope said that  even  though one may have just one, or two, true friends, they are called to  build a  fraternity with all.
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