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Pope Francis in Santa Marta: Do not be afraid to be consoled by God

In his daily homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis stressed the importance of allowing God to comfort people with tenderness. He said even in bad moments God is there to console a person.


“The martyrs entered the Colosseum singing. The martyrs of today – I think of the good Coptic workers on the beach in Libya, whose throats were cut – died saying 'Jesus, Jesus!' There is a consolation within: a joy even in the moment of martyrdom. A Christian's habitual state should be consolation, which is not the same as optimism. Optimism is something else.”

The pope encouraged Christians to ask God for the grace to not be afraid to be consoled by Him. He said the Lord goes in search for each person wanting to bring peace to their heart.