- Dec 5, 2019
“Paradise is not a fantasy land, or even an enchanted garden,” Pope Francis said during his weekly General Audience Oct. 25. “Paradise is the embrace with God, infinite Love, and we enter it thanks to Jesus, who died on the cross for us.”
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.
During his general audience, Pope Francis said young people who are not seeking something or looking for meaning in life “are not young, they have gone into retirement, they have aged before their time.” Throughout the Gospels, the pope said, Jesus responds to the people he meets along the way; he is like an “arsonist” setting people’s hearts ablaze.
In a surprise video appearance at a TED conference, Pope Francis called for more tenderness in the world. The pontiff said tenderness means to “use our eyes to see the other, our ears to hear the other, to listen to the children, the poor, those who are afraid of the future, to listen also to the silent cry of our common home, of our sick and polluted earth.”
Real Christian hope “is not based on human reasoning, predictions and assurances,” Pope Francis said during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square March 29. Hope arises “where there is no more hope, where there is nothing left to hope for.”
“When a woman realizes she is pregnant, she learns to live each day in expectation of seeing her child’s gaze,” Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience. Everyone needs to learn to live each day with this same joyful anticipation — “to live in expectation of gazing at the Lord, of finding the Lord,” he said.