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God not a sorcerer conjuring signs, miracles, says Pope

Francis urges Christians to endure trials with patience

17 February, 15:40
God not a sorcerer conjuring signs, miracles, says Pope (ANSA) - Vatican City, February 17 - God is not a sorcerer who conjures miracles for the impatient, but acts in His own time with great patience, Pope Francis said Monday.

During morning Mass at St. Martha's House, the Vatican guesthouse where the pontiff lives, Francis urged Christians to follow God's lead and act patiently when accepting the trials of life.

"Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds," Francis said during his homily.

Developing patience has nothing to do with resigned acceptance, "when we endure trials with faith they ripen our lives," he said. When people become impatient and want everything immediately, they behalf like a spoiled child, said Francis.

They also expect signs and miracles from God.

"They confuse God's way of acting with that of a sorcerer," said the pope. "But God does not behave like a sorcerer, God has His own way of proceeding," he added.

"And the Lord carries us on his shoulders with much patience! Christians must live their lives in time with the music of patience, because it is the music of our fathers".