November 25, 2013

Positivity: Pope welcomes those seeking entrance to Catholic Church

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Nov 23, 2013 / 12:59 pm

Pope Francis stood at the door of St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday afternoon, prepared to celebrate the entrance of over 500 people into the Catholic Church.

As they waited to process inside, Pope Francis asked in the words of the Rite of Introduction, “what do you ask of the Church of God?”

“Faith,” the international group of men, women, and children replied.

Thirty-five representatives approached the pontiff to have him trace the sign of the cross on their foreheads as he pronounced, “Christ himself protects you with the sign of his love. Now learn to know him and follow him.”

Pope Francis noted that the Nov. 23 event came at the close of the Catholic Church’s Year of Faith, a sign of the journey that “many other men and women are carrying out in diverse parts of the world.”

Despite the various cultures and individual experiences, the Pope said, those gathered have “many things in common.”

“Above all, we have one: the desire for God,” he said.

“How important it is to keep this desire alive, this longing to meet the Lord and to experience Him, his love, his mercy!” he exclaimed.

There are three key moments in encountering the Lord, explained the Pope.

The first is that of listening. “In the tumult of many voices that echo around and inside of us, you have heard and received the call that pointed you to Jesus as the only one who can make full sense of your life,” he told the catechumens.

“The second moment is the meeting,” he continued. “God did not create us to be alone, closed in on ourselves, but to be able to meet him and to open us to a meeting with others.”

In the Scriptures, God “always appears as someone who takes the initiative in meeting with man.”

“God does not wait for someone to look for him: he searches immediately. Our Father is a patient seeker! He goes before us and always awaits us,” emphasized Pope Francis.

After meeting the Lord, the life of a Christian in faith becomes a “journey with Jesus.” …

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