Vatican City, 28 February 2021 / 5:30 am MT (CNA) – Pope Francis said Sunday that it is important to remember before a difficult trial that “the Lord is risen and does not allow darkness to have the last word”

“Sometimes we experience moments of darkness in our personal, family or social life and the fear that there is no way out. We fear great mysteries such as illness, the suffering of the innocent or the mystery of death,” Pope Francis said in of his Angelus address on February 28

“We need a different point of view, a light that illuminates the secret of life in depth and helps us to interpret the story beginning with his Easter victory, “said the Pope from the window of the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican

Talk to the pilgrims who are in St In St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said that Christians are called to experience an encounter with Jesus so that “we, enlightened by his light, can take it everywhere and make it shine”

“To kindle little lights in people’s hearts; to be little lamps of the Gospel that carry a little love and hope: this is a Christian’s mission,” he said

The Pope referred to the Gospel account of the transfiguration of Jesus on the mount shortly after announcing that he would be killed in Jerusalem

“He is transfigured before them. His radiant face and his shining robes, an anticipation of the image of the risen One, offer these frightened people the light, the light of hope, the light to walk through the darkness: death will not be the end of everything because it will open to the glory of the resurrection, ”he said

“As the apostle Peter exclaimed, it is good to pause with the Lord on the mountain to experience this” preview “of light in the heart of Lent. It is a call to remember, especially when we are facing a difficult trial go through – and so many of you know what it means to pass a difficult test – that the Lord is risen and does not allow darkness to have the last word ”

Pope Francis said that on the path of faith it is customary to stumble when “encountering the scandal of the cross and the demands of the gospel that urge us to live our lives in service and lose it in love rather than “keep it”

The Pope warned against “spiritual laziness” and declared that the Christian life is not just about experiencing “beautiful spiritual feelings” in prayer

“Jesus himself brings us back into the valley, in the midst of our brothers and sisters and into daily life,” said Pope Francis

After praying the Angelus with pilgrims in St. In St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis asked for prayers for school girls who were abducted from their school in Nigeria earlier this week

“I join my voice of the bishops of Nigeria in condemning the heinous kidnapping of 317 girls who were taken away from their school in Jangebe in the northwest of the country,” said the Pope

“I pray for these girls that they can return home soon … Let us pray to Our Lady to protect them”

The Pope also expressed closeness to children suffering from rare diseases, adding that he hopes they will “feel the caress of God’s love and tenderness”

“Let us pray to Mary, Most Holy, that she will help us greet, protect and share the light of Christ with amazement,” he said

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