A life of holiness isn’t defined by having visions or performing extraordinary feats of devotion, but by living with the hope of salvation promised by Christ, Pope Francis said.
The Olympic message stands in sharp contrast to another one playing out on the international stage, the mounting call for more nuclear weapons.
As Christians, we know we don’t arrive at the joy of Easter until we walk with Christ in his suffering on Good Friday.
At a time when the media seem to feed a “vicious cycle of anxiety” and a “spiral of fear,” Christians should respond with honest stories that identify problems and evil, but also inspire real solutions, Pope Francis said.
To complain to God in moments of doubt and fear like Abraham did is not something bad but rather is a form of prayer that requires the courage to hope beyond all hope, Pope Francis said.