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Being meek does not mean being a pushover, Pope says at audience.

A man kisses Pope Francis during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Feb. 19, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-MEEK Feb. 19, 2020.

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Those who are meek are patient, gentle and merciful, drawing people together and salvaging relationships, Pope Francis said.

Meekness entails tenaciously holding onto one’s trust in and relationship with God and protectively guarding his gifts of peace, mercy and fraternity, the pope said Feb. 19 during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall.

The pope continued a series of talks on the Eight Beatitudes by reflecting on the third beatitude, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.” It seems strange that meekness and inheriting land are somehow related, the pope said. But, he said, it is rooted in Psalm 37:3-11, which tells believers to trust in the Lord, refrain from anger, be patient and “make your righteousness shine” for then shall they “inherit the earth” and “delight in great prosperity.” The “land” the psalm refers to is something greater than some earthly territory, which is so often a source of conflict, war and aggression, the pope said. “That land is a promise and a gift for the people of God,” he said. It is heaven — that “new earth” that God has made for his children. “Therefore, the meek are those who ‘inherit’ the most sublime of territories,” Pope Francis said. “They are not cowards, weak, looking for some fallback moral principle in order to steer clear of trouble. Far from it!”