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Believing in eternity and in the final establishment of the kingdom of God, Christians throughout history — starting with the disciples — were filled with questions such as when the end will come and what will happen to the created world, Pope Francis said.
This Advent, Sister Constance Veit invites everyone to begin the season by skipping a trip to the mall in order to visit a sick family member or an elderly neighbor. Follow Mary’s way to an Advent of joyful, loving encounters, she advises.
Conversion to Christ is a process that lasts a lifetime, but the process stalls in the face of fear or self-satisfaction, Pope Francis said.
All Christians are called to holiness and to take little steps each day to be more loving, Pope Francis said today. Holiness does not mean “closing your eyes and making the face of a plastic statue,” he said.
Christians must guard against a “spirituality of ease” and putting up appearances, and respond to the constant call of Jesus to conversion, said Pope Francis.
While people may want spectacular signs from God, Pope Francis said, most often God’s kingdom is growing in quiet, hidden ways, for example in a family that struggles financially but is rich in love and cares for one another.