11 October 2017

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11 October 2017

Postby Alice » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:40 pm

This morning Pope Francis held his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square


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11 October 2017

Postby Alice » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:09 am

11 October 2017

Pope Francis: Giving up is not Christian, a Christian takes risks

As usual thousands of pilgrims welcomed the pope enthusiastically in St. Peter's Square. Some, of course, stood out a little more than others.

During the catechesis, the pope explained two things: that a Christian cannot face the world with the idea of giving up and that he must be willing to take risks in order to change things.

POPE FRANCIS
"Resignation is not a Christian virtue. It is not Christian to shrug or lower their heads to face a destiny that seems inevitable."

He said a Christian is a builder of peace and reproached those who are not willing to risk their well-being for others.

POPE FRANCIS
"This is not a peacemaker. This is a bum, a comfortable one. There is no peacemaker who, in the end, has not compromised his personal peace, taking on the problems of others. Because the Christian risks, he has the courage to risk to bring good, the good that Jesus has given us, the good He has given us as a treasure.”

The pope recalled that October 13, marks 100 years after the last Marian apparition in Fatima to the three shepherds. He asked for prayers for peace in the world.

POPE FRANCIS
"May prayer move the most hostile spirits so that they banish violence from their hearts, their words and their gestures, and they build nonviolent communities to care of our common home."

In addition, on the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction, he once again called on the international community to take measures to reduce the risks the poor face when exposed to natural disasters. They are the ones most affected when calamities occur.




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General Audience: Pope speaks of trusting God with “attentive waiting”

In today's catechesis, Pope Francis recalled that hope and trust are essential characteristics in one's relationship with Christ. He said we must not to lose sight of God’s grace when our days are difficult and wait patiently for Him.

In addition, he explained that the Christian must love life before any circumstance and be aware that God acts with mercy for each of us.

The pope continued saying, let us not “forget the joy that comes with dawn. As Christians, we know that Christ will return; that no matter what we may suffer, life has its purpose and deeper meaning, and that the merciful Lord will greet us at its end.”

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today I wish to speak about that dimension of hope which we can call attentive waiting. Jesus tells his disciples to be like those who await the return of their master, with lamps alight (cf. Lk 12:35-36). As Christians, therefore, we are always attentive, awaiting the Lord’s return, when God will be all in all (cf. 1 Cor 15:28).

Every day is a new opportunity to be attentive to God, to welcome the day as his gift, and to live that day by offering our good works to him. Such attentiveness requires patience, however, if we are not to lose sight of God’s grace when our days are monotonous, or our difficulties many. For no night is so long, as to make us forget the joy that comes with dawn. As Christians, we know that Christ will return; that no matter what we may suffer, life has its purpose and deeper meaning, and that the merciful Lord will greet us at its end.

Thus we can look upon history and our own lives with confidence and hope, knowing that the future is not guided solely by the work of our hands but by God’s providence. May we repeat everyday the words of the first disciples: “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20). And in our most difficult moments, may we hear the consoling response of Jesus: “Behold, I am coming soon” (Rev. 22:7).

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from England, Scotland, Demark, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Canada and the United States of America. In particular I greet those who will be celebrating World Sight Day tomorrow, and I assure all who are blind and visually impaired of my closeness and prayers. Upon you and your families, I invoke the grace of the Lord Jesus, that you may be steadfast in hope and trust in God’s providence in your lives. May God bless you all!




Both reports and videos with very kind permission from Rome Reports TV News Agency
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