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God’s love is source of hope, says Pope

By on Thursday, 11 April 2013

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae  (CNS)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

God’s love is the source of salvation, true dignity and hope, Pope Francis said in a brief homily at his morning Mass.

“It’s beautiful to believe in love. This is the truth, the truth of our lives,” he said at Mass on Wednesday in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican guesthouse where he has been living since his election in March.

At the Mass with workers from St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis ended his homily by suggesting, “Let’s say this prayer: ‘Lord, I believe in your love. And we open our hearts so that this love comes to us, fills us and pushes us to love others.’”

The day’s Gospel reading began with John 3:16: “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

Commenting on the passage, the Pope said, “The Lord saves us with his love” and “not with a decree.” Being saved by God through Jesus, he added, means regaining “the dignity we lost” through the sin of Adam and Eve, the dignity of being sons and daughters of God.

With the help of grace, the Pope said, the dignity of being children of God can grow each day until each person is ready for “the definitive encounter” with God in heaven.

The problem, he continued, is that people are tempted to think they can make it alone. They tell themselves, “I have money” or a position that gives them dignity. They think their vanity, pride or power can save them.

True dignity and salvation come from the love of God, which was so great that he sent his son to live on earth, to die and to rise again, the Pope said. “Let us make an act of faith today: ‘Lord, I believe. I believe in your love. I believe your love has saved me. I believe that your love has given me that dignity that I did not have. I believe that your love gives me hope.”

  • guest

    Fantastic. This man should have won the papcy the first time around. Then he would have been Pope for 8 years. Instead he just started his papacy!

  • NatOns

    A profoundly ungracious – and gravely erroneous – comment, also one that Pope Francis himself would be the first to reject.

    The error is perhaps best considered through the confusion that prompts it; it is the Holy Ghost who leads the Church, not the flesh, even in the politics of its leadership .. and the readiness to fulfil its burdens (when He is followed).

    In seeking to dismiss the awesome Benedict XVI – for whatever fleshly reasons – is merely to undermine the incalculable effort put in to allow for HH Pope Francis .. look at how deep is his sincere gratitude to Benedict .. rather thank God Francis is now ready to receive this Cross.

    God bless our Pope .. and dear Lord help him!

  • Sylvia

    Beautiful. Thank you, dear Pope Francis.