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Pope in Santa Marta: Joy and consolation are our breath as Christians


In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis explained what is contained in true Christian joy. It is very different than what today's culture offers.

POPE FRANCIS
Joy does not mean living from laugh to laugh. No, it’s not that. Joy is not entertainment. No, it’s not that. It is something else. Christian joy is peace, peace that is deeply rooted, peace in the heart, the peace that only God can give.”

At the end, the pope remembered that Christian joy cannot be bought in the grocery store, but rather it is a distinctive sign of a Christian.

EXTRACTS OF PAPAL HOMILY
Source: Vatican Media
Joy does not mean living from laugh to laugh. No, it’s not that. Joy is not entertainment. No, it’s not that. It is something else. Christian joy is peace, peace that is deeply rooted, peace in the heart, the peace that only God can give. This is Christian joy. It is not easy to foster this joy.

There is a healthy restlessness, and there is another which is not healthy – that which seeks security above all, which seeks pleasure above all. The young man in the Gospel was afraid that if he gave up his wealth he would not be happy. Joy, consolation: this is our breath as Christians.