Vatican City, Sep 27, 2017 / 02:14 am
On Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the enemies of hope that often lead us into discouragement and melancholy, and urged Christians to fight these temptations with the power of prayer.
One of these enemies, he said, is the "demon of noon," which "wears us out with a busy life just as the sun rises," but which "surprises us when we are least expecting it." With this enemy, he said, "the days become dull and boring," and nothing seems worthy of the effort of "hard work."
"To have an empty soul is the worst hindrance to hope," he said. "It is a risk from which no one can be said to be excluded; because to be tempted against hope can happen even when you walk the path of Christian life."
"That's why it is important to keep our hearts in opposition to the temptations of unhappiness, which certainly do not come from God," he said. "And where our forces appear weak and the battle against anguish particularly tough, we can always turn to the name of Jesus."