Pope at General Audience: The source of hope is found in God's unconditional love

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At this morning's General Audience, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on hope, this week recalling that at its core is God's unconditional love. 

He stressed that unhappiness 'is born of the feeling of not being lovedâ?, and that despite our sins, 'God seeks us out, offers forgiveness, and restores us.â? 


Dear Brothers and Sisters:

In our catechesis on Christian hope, we have found the source of that hope in Godâ??s unconditional love, revealed for us in the coming of the Son and the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

None of us can live without love. Happiness comes from the experience of knowing love, freely given and received. So much unhappiness in our world is born of the feeling of not being loved for our own sake. 

Faith teaches us that God loves us with an infinite love, not for any merit of our own, but out of his sheer goodness. Even when we stray from him, God seeks us out, like the merciful father in the parable of the prodigal son, offers us forgiveness, and restores us to his embrace. 

In the words of Saint Paul: 'While we still were sinners, Christ died for usâ? (Rom 5:8), so that we might become beloved sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. 

Through the resurrection of Jesus and the grace of the Holy Spirit, we become sharers in Godâ??s own life of love. May all of us find in Godâ??s embrace the promise of new life and freedom. For in his love is the source of all our hope.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in todayâ??s Audience, particularly the groups from England, Sweden, Hong Kong, Pakistan, the Philippines, Korea, Thailand, Canada and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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