Loading
Sunday Angelus
Christian Joy is possible even in the midst of the dark night of faith, encourages the Pope
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is an example of this love, in the midst of the poor and small
Christian Joy is possible even in the midst of the dark night of faith, encourages the Pope

.- Is it possible to live with Christian joy in a world such as ours? This is the question that Pope Benedict answered this morning as he reflected on the feast celebrated today—“Gaudete” (Rejoice) Sunday.

The Pope answered this pressing question by explaining that, “men and women of all ages and social status, have happily devoted their lives to others,” these people, "who love as Christ loves; and avoid the values of the world, which preaches "the pursuit of pleasure at any cost," are able to live in Christian joy.

Faced with thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that on this third Sunday of Advent, also known as "Gaudete" Sunday, the Church invites us to live joy with the words of St. Paul in his Letter to the Philippians: "Gaudete in Domino semper - Rejoice in the Lord always."

"The Apostle urges Christians to rejoice because the coming of the Lord, that is, his glorious return, is sure and not delayed,” continued the Pope. The Church itself makes the same invitation, “as it prepares to celebrate Christmas and directs its gaze always towards Bethlehem. Indeed, we expect with some hope the second coming of Christ, because we have known the first."

The Holy Father continued, delving more deeply into the birth of Jesus, saying, "the mystery of Bethlehem reveals the God-with-us, the God who is close to us, not only in a spatial and temporal sense," the pontiff stressed that indeed "God is close because he 'married ', so to speak, with our humanity: he has taken upon himself our situation, choosing to be like us in all things, except sin, to make us to become like him."

"Christian joy therefore arises from this certainty. God is near, he is with me, in joy and in pain, sickness and in health, as a friend and faithful husband. And this joy remains in essence, the same in suffering, and it remains not only on the surface but is in the depths of the person who relies on God and trusts in Him."

As an example of this Christian joy in the midst of suffering, Benedict XVI pointed to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, who "lived in daily contact with poverty, human degradation, [and] death. Her soul has shown the evidence of the dark night of faith, and yet she always had the smile of God for everyone."

After noting that, "joy enters the hearts of those who seek to serve the small and the poor", the Pope warned of the danger of making "happiness an idol". Whoever does this, he said, "is on the wrong road and it becomes very difficult to find the joy of speaking to Jesus."

"And this, unfortunately, is the proposal of cultures that place individual happiness in the place of God, a mentality symbolized by the pursuit of pleasure at any cost, in the spread of the use of drugs as an escape, as a refuge in artificial paradises, which are later revealed as totally illusory," warned the Holy Father.

"Dear brothers and sisters, even at Christmas we can go down the wrong road, by exchanging the real party for one that does not open our hearts to the joy of Christ. With the Virgin Mary help of all Christians, and men who are in search of God, let us move towards Bethlehem to meet the child that is born to us, for the salvation and happiness of all mankind," concluded the pontiff.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
24

Liturgical Calendar

April 24, 2014

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Gospel
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:11-26
Gospel:: Lk 24:35-48

Saint of the Day

Easter Sunday »

Saint
Date
04/24/14
04/22/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Homily
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: