This Wednesday, Pope Francis celebrated his traditional general audience indoors, inside the Paul VI Audience Hall. That did not prevent pilgrims in attendance of being as rowdy and enthusiastic as always.
The pope devoted today's audience to the Works of Mercy of counseling the doubtful and instructing the ignorant.
About the first, he said that doubts, especially about faith, are not intrinsically wrong, because they mean that a person is interested in deepening their knowledge of Christ.
"Some might ask me: 'Father, I have many doubts about my faith, what should I do? Don't you ever have doubts?' I have so many, so many... Everyone has doubts every once in a while! Doubts which concern the faith, in a positive sense, are a sign that we want to deepen our knowledge of God, Jesus, and the mystery of His love for us.”
He said that a surefire way to prevent doubts from being overwhelming is living faith in everyday life.
"We should not make faith an abstract theory where doubts are multiplied. Let's make faith our life. Let's seek to practice it in service to our brothers, especially those who are most in need. All these doubts disappear, because we feel God's presence and the truth of the Gospel in the love that lives in us and we share with others.”
He proved his point by saying that God did not reveal the faith to the most intelligent, or the most wise, but rather to the lowliest of people.
The pope also explained the importance of instructing the ignorant with the example of children.
"It is a condition of great injustice which stains the dignity of people. Without education, one easily becomes vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. It is unthinkable that, in a world where scientific and technological progress has reached such heights, there are still illiterate children. It is an injustice.”
Pope Francis concluded the audience by reminding the pilgrims in attendance once again of the Christian duty to carry out these Works of Mercy, a duty that stems from God's unconditional love.