Vatican City, Dec 2, 2013 / 11:45 am
In his daily homily on the first Monday of Advent, Pope Francis reflected on the season of Christmas, explaining that it is a time to encounter the Lord in faith, and allow him to renew our lives.
Christmas, the Pope expressed in his Dec. 2 homily, "isn't just a temporal celebration or the memory of a beautiful (event); Christmas is more…Christmas is an encounter!"
Pope Francis directed his words to those who were present for his daily Mass inside of the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse.
As we progress through the season of Advent, "we go by this road to meet the Lord," the Pope stated, "we walk to meet him," to "encounter him with the heart, with life; encounter him alive, as He is; encounter him with faith."