Pope’s General Audience: On Vigilant Waiting

zenit.org | 10/11/2017 | ZENIT Staff
This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:20 in St. Peter’s Square, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from all over the world.

In his address in Italian the Pope reflected on the theme: “Vigilant Waiting.”

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After summarizing his catechesis in several languages, the Holy Father expressed special greetings to groups of faithful present. Then he invited to pray the Rosary for the intention of peace in the world, recalling the closing of the celebrations of the Centenary of the last Marian apparitions in Fatima, which will be observed on Friday, October 13, and he made an appeal on the occasion of the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction.

The Audience ended with the singing of the Pater Noster and the Apostolic Blessing.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!

Today I would like to reflect on that dimension of hope that is vigilant waiting. The theme of vigilance is a leitmotiv of the New Testament. Jesus preached to His disciples: “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks” (Luke 12:35-36). In this time that follows Jesus’ Resurrection, in which serene moments alternate in continuation with other anguishing ones, Christians never lay down. The Gospel recommends that we be like servants that never go to sleep, while their master hasn’t returned. This world calls for our responsibility, and we assume it wholly and with love. Jesus wants our existence to be laborious, that we never let down the guard, to receive with gratitude and wonder every new day given to us by God. Every morning is a blank page on which the Christian begins to...
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