In times of trial, never surrender to despair, pope says at Angelus
Christians have no need to fear in moments of trial and adversity because God’s grace is more powerful than evil, Pope Francis said.
Like Jesus’ suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, Christians may sometimes feel alone and think that “God himself has abandoned them,” the pope said on 21st June before praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square.
“At times one feels this spiritual aridness. We must not be afraid of it. The Father takes care of us, because we are greatly valued in his eyes. What is important is the frankness, the courage of our witness, of our witness of faith: ‘recognising Jesus before others’ and continuing to do good,” he said.
While addressing the faithful, the pope also remembered the celebration of Father’s Day in many countries around the world and assured all fathers of his “closeness and prayer.”
Picture: Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his study overlooking St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 21st June 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).