Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Wednesday 24 February |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Josef Mayr-Nusser
home iconChurch
line break icon

Pope: Are you a Christian? Then don’t be a complainer!

POPE FRANCIS,GENERAL AUDIENCE

Antoine Mekary | Aleteia | I.Media

VATICAN CITY 04 OCTOBER 2017: Photographs from the General Audience with Pope Francis on October 04, 2017 at Saint Peters Square in Vatican City, Rome, Italy.

Ary Waldir Ramos Diaz - published on 10/04/17

Our faith in the Resurrection tells us every bad thing comes to an end!

“A Christian does not permit himself to be carried away by discouragement or complaints,” Pope Francis said today during his Wednesday general audience, attended by some 15,000 people.

In fact, Francis said, a Christian is not a complainer, and he doesn’t live sunk in anger or sadness, because thanks to the Resurrection, he’s certain that all bad things come to an end — that no night is eternal.

Furthermore, a Christian recognizes that “there’s no one [so lost that he] cannot change and no hatred that cannot be overcome with love.”

This hope sometimes comes at a price, the Holy Father admitted, referencing the Christians of the Middle East who give their lives for this witness. They are “true Christians,” he said, who “have Heaven in their hearts.”




Read more:
‘No complaining’: That sign on the pope’s door is as powerful as an encyclical

With these reflections, the Bishop of Rome continued his series of Wednesday audiences on the theme of hope. Today’s focus was on “missionaries of hope today,” since he said, “October is a month that the Church dedicates especially to missions.”

On this feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the pope who took his name said that “the nucleus of the Christian faith is the resurrection of Jesus; because of this, a Christian cannot be a prophet of doom.”

Our testimony should be not just with words, but with our lives, he continued, inviting the faithful to be men and women of hope, witnesses in their “way of welcoming, of smiling, and above all, of loving.”

The force of the Resurrection makes “Christians who are capable of loving where it seems there is no reason to love, and of opening spaces of salvation where it seems that everything is lost, humanly speaking.”

One who has Christ at his side is not afraid — and not because life is easy and comfortable, because that is not the case for true Christians, he said.

Christians fall, but they get back up again, not of their own merit, but out of love for Jesus, the pope said. “The seed has fallen to the ground, but it has given much fruit.”

In all of this, Francis assured, Christians are missionaries of hope.

He concluded with an invitation to prayer: “Let us ask Jesus, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary and of St. Francis of Assisi, that we might know how to always spread seeds of hope and love around us.”


ACEDIA,SLOTH

Read more:
Is it possible that you’re refusing the joy God is offering you?

Tags:
Pope Francis
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
500 YEARS OF CHRISTIANITY
J-P Mauro
A song to celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines
2
PADRE PIO
Bret Thoman, OFS
Padre Pio says this is a sin that’s difficult to forgive &#...
3
TEMPTATION OF CHRIST,WILDERNESS,DESERT
Philip Kosloski
Why does Lent last 40 days?
4
CHURCH
Philip Kosloski
10 Things you should know about the Catholic Mass
5
Jim McIngvale
Cerith Gardiner
Mattress Mack steps up again to help those suffering freezing wea...
6
FATIMA
Philip Kosloski
Rarely seen photos of Fatima visionaries, Lucia, Jacinta and Fran...
7
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.