And after having an encounter with Jesus, "we cannot do anything but scrutinize history with trust and hope," he said.
Using the image of a house, Francis said Jesus is the structure of the house and we are inside, looking at the world from the windows. Because of this, "we do not close in on ourselves, we do not regret with melancholy a past presumed to be golden," he said.
Instead, "we always look forward, to a future which is not only the work of our hands, but which above all is a constant concern of God's providence," he said, adding that "everything that is opaque one day will become light."
God does not go back on his word, and he "never disappoints," the Pope said. Rather, the Lord's will for us "is never nebulous, but is a well-outlined project of salvation."
"Because of this we do not abandon ourselves to the flow of events with pessimism, as if history were a train that has lost control," he said, stressing that "resignation is not a Christian virtue.
Nor is it the task of Christians to shrug their shoulders or "bend their backs" in front of a future that seems "inevitable."
"Those who bring hope to the world are never never remorseful people," he said, explaining that no one can build peace with "our arms folded."
'"There is no builder of peace who in the final count has not compromised their personal peace, taking on the problems of others," he said, adding that "the remorseful person is not a builder of peace but is lazy, is one who wants to be comfortable."
Christians, on the other hand, build peace "when it's risky, when they have the courage to take risks in order to bring good, the good that Jesus has given to us, has given to us as a treasure."
Pope Francis closed his audience saying the "refrain" of every Christian existence is that "in our world we need nothing but the caress of Christ."
"What a grace if, in prayer, in the hard days of this life, we hear his voice responding reassuring us: 'Behold, I will come soon.'"
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