Vatican City, Apr 4, 2013 / 11:14 am
Awe and wonder at an encounter with Christ are the first steps in deepening a spiritual life that leads to ultimate peace in the Lord, said Pope Francis at a Vatican Mass.
"First wonder, then spiritual consolation and finally, the last step, peace," said Pope Francis, adding that "even in the most painful tests, a Christian never loses the peace and presence of Jesus."
"Wonder is a great grace, the grace that God gives us in our encounter with Jesus Christ," said the Pope on April 4 at Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he celebrated a Mass that included the staff of the Vatican Typography.
"It is something that draws us outside of ourselves with joy," he noted. "It is not a mere enthusiasm like that of sports fans when their favorite team wins, but something deeper."