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Pope in Santa Marta: one who keeps the peace of Christ never loses their sense of humor


In his daily homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on the peace Jesus promises to His apostles through the Holy Spirit. 

POPE FRANCIS
“It teaches us to endure. We don't understand what the word 'endure' really means. It is a very Christian word and it means to carry a burden. It is to endure, to carry the burden of life, the difficulties, the labor, everything, without losing peace.” “This can only be understood when there is the Holy Spirit within, who gives us the peace of Jesus.”

He added the person who lives out this peace never loses his or her sense of humor. He or she always knows how to smile at everything. 

EXTRACTS FROM POPE'S HOMILY
(Source: Vatican News)

“The peace of Jesus goes with this life of persecution, of tribulation. A peace that is deep down, deep down, very profound to all these things. A peace that no one can touch, a peace that is a gift, like the sea that deep down is tranquil, while on the surface there are waves. Living in peace with Jesus is having this experience within, which remains during all trials, all difficulties, all 'tribulations.'”

“Peace, the peace of Jesus, teaches us to go forward in life. It teaches us to endure. To endure: a word we don’t understand well, a very Christian word, it means to carry a burden. To endure, to carry the burden of life, the difficulties, the labor, everything, without losing peace; but rather bearing the burden and having the courage to go forward. This can only be understood when there is the Holy Spirit within, who gives us the peace of Jesus.”

“The person who lives this peace never loses their sense of humor. They know how to smile at themselves, at others, even when things are dark they know how to smile at everything… this sense of humor which is very close to the grace of God. The peace of Jesus in daily life, the peace of Jesus in tribulations and with that little sense of humor that helps us breathe easier. May the Lord grant us this peace that comes from the Holy Spirit, this peace that comes precisely from Him, and that helps us to endure, to carry, the many difficulties in life.”