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Pope in General Audience: God knows what we need more than we do ourselves

2017-01-25

In his last General Audience, Pope Francis spoke about the story of Judith in the Bible and her wisdom and faith to trust in the Lord, while discerning His will with prayer and obedience to the challenges that come our way. 

He continued saying Judith is a great example of how one should submit themselves to God through faith and trust that His plans are better than our own. 


SUMMARY OF CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, we turn today to the story of Judith. The Old Testament Book of Judith tells how, during the siege of the city of Bethulia by the Assyrian general Holofernes, the people were on the verge of surrendering. In an apparently hopeless situation, the leaders of the city determined to hold off for five days, trusting that the Lord would come to their aid. At that point, Judith appeared to reinforce their wavering hope in the face of fear and to propose a plan that led to victory over the enemy. The example of this woman of great wisdom and courage teaches us to trust in the Lord’s providential care, but also, in prayer and obedience, to discern his will and to do everything in our power to respond to the challenges that come our way. Judith’s faith inspires us to commend ourselves to the Father with the same obedience that led Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, to pray: "Not my will, but yours be done.”
 
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly the groups from the United States of America.  During this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity I offer a special greeting to the group from the Bossey Ecumenical Institute and to the choir of Westminster Abbey, whom I thank for their praise of God in song. Upon all of you, and your families, I cordially invoke an abundance of joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!