Choose every day to follow Jesus, Pope Francis says on Candlemas

Catholic News Agency | 2/2/2018 | Staff
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Vatican City, Feb 2, 2019 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- To follow Christ is a choice which must be made day in and day out, Pope Francis said Saturday, explaining that to know the Lord means meeting him in one's daily life.

“The God of life is to be encountered every day of our lives; not now and then, but every day. To follow Jesus is not a decision taken once and for all, it is a daily choice,” the pope said Feb. 2, adding that “we do not meet the Lord virtually, but directly, we encounter him in our lives.”

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Addressing consecrated men and women, he said, “this is the vision of consecrated life, a simple and prophetic vision, where we keep the Lord before our eyes and between our hands, and not to serve anything else. He is our life, he is our hope, he is our future.”

Pope Francis reflected on encounter with the Lord for the 23rd World Day of Consecrated Life, which takes place every year on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord.

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The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord is also sometimes called Candlemas. On this day, many Christians bring candles to the church to be blessed. They can then light these candles at home during prayer or difficult times as a symbol of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.

The Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Feb. 2, began with Pope Francis blessing the candles in the rear of the nave. He then processed to the front of the darkened church with priests, bishops and cardinals carrying lit candles. Men and women present in the congregation also held small candles.

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The feast of the Presentation is “a feast day of encounter,” the pope said. “What does this mean for us? Above all, that we too are...
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