Vatican City, Jan 8, 2020 / 05:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
Love for God is always fruitful, Pope Francis said Wednesday, stressing that Christ can bring good out of any circumstance -- even an apparent failure.
“Paul teaches us to live through trials by holding on to Christ to mature the conviction that God can act in any circumstance, even in the midst of apparent failures, and the certainty that whoever offers and gives himself to God for love will surely be fruitful,” Pope Francis said in the Paul VI Hall Jan. 8.
“Love is always fruitful, love for God is always fruitful. If you let yourself be taken by the Lord and you receive the gifts of the Lord, this will allow you to give them to others,” the pope added.
Pope Francis reflected on the Acts of the Apostles’ account of the shipwreck off the coast of Crete of a ship carrying an imprisoned St. Paul and other Christian prisoners from Caesarea to Rome to stand trial. In recent months, Francis has focused his weekly Wednesday catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles.
An angel appeared to St. Paul in chapter 27 of the Acts of the Apostles in the midst of the violent storm and told him, “Do not be afraid, Paul. You are destined to stand before Caesar; and behold, for your sake, God has granted safety to all who are sailing with you.”