Kaunas, Lithuania, Sep 23, 2018 / 11:34 am
Pope Francis told priests and religious in Lithuania Sunday to listen to the cries of suffering that come from the People of God, who are looking to them for hope.
"The cry of our people must strike us, like Moses, to whom God revealed the suffering of his people in the encounter at the burning bush," the pope said Sept. 23. "Listening to the voice of God in prayer makes us see, makes us hear, know the pain of others in order to free them."
"The cry that makes us seek God in prayer and adoration is the same that makes us listen to the lament of our brothers," he continued. "They hope in us and we need, starting from a careful discernment, to organize ourselves, plan and be bold and creative in our apostolate."
There is no room for improvisation when it comes to responding to the needs of God's people, he said.