February 24, 2014

Positivity: Be patient even in the midst of trials, Pope encourages

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Feb 17, 2014 / 11:48 am

In his daily homily Pope Francis emphasized that God is not a “sorcerer” who does what we want, but rather has a plan that we should wait for with patience even when we face challenges.

“God does not behave like a sorcerer, God has his own way of proceeding. And God is patient,” the Pope said during Mass on Feb. 17, adding that “when we endure trials with faith they ripen our lives.”

Pope Francis celebrated Mass this morning in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse alongside the members of the council of eight cardinals, who are holding their third meeting on matters of Church governance and reform this week.

Referring to one of the day’s reading taken from the book of James which speaks of having joy in difficulties, the pontiff said we ought to “consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds.”

Patience has nothing to do with resignation, but rather “when we endure trials with faith they ripen our lives,” he explained, adding that those who want everything immediately are like spoiled children who don’t understand the wisdom of patience and perseverance.

These people, observed the Pope, cannot grow or face life as it comes, adding that another temptation for the impatient is the power of having what they want immediately. …

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