- Dec 8, 2019
Advent offers the believer the anticipation of the past and the hope of the future while strongly emphasizing the importance of each person living the truths of faith right here and right now.
During his general audience, Pope Francis said that by staying united with Christ, nothing can stop the faithful, even “the coldness of difficult moments do not paralyze us.” And no matter how much the world preaches against hope and predicts “only dark clouds,” Christians know everything will be saved and “Christ will drive away the temptation to think that this life is wrong.”
Pope Francis said Christians are not “prophets of doom” but rather missionaries of hope who are tasked with proclaiming Jesus’ death and resurrection, which is “the nucleus of Christian faith.” The pope was continuing his reflections on hope during his weekly general audience.
To see what this hope looks like, examine the beatitudes of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. They depict the exemplary form of the hopeful life: One in which we pursue the future kingdom in a life of justice and mercy. Though the hopeful should avoid secular “worldliness,” they should be invested in society.
When we turn on the TV we see tragedies that push us to lose hope, such as the deaths in Barcelona and the Democratic Republic of Congo or the plight of children and refugees, but Christian hope rests in looking toward Heaven, where our Father will wipe away our tears and bring us into the fold, Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience.