At his first general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to see Holy Week not as simply a time of sorrow, but an opportunity to enter into Christ’s way of thinking and acting.
He said, “It is a time of grace given us by the Lord so that we can move beyond a dull or mechanical way of living our faith, and instead open the doors of our hearts, our lives, our parishes, our movements or associations, going out in search of others so as to bring them the light and the joy of our faith in Christ.”
He added that this especially includes those who are “furthest away, forgotten, those in need of understanding, consolation and help.”
Pope Francis challenged his audience to not remain “in our own secure world, that of the ninety-nine sheep who never strayed from the fold, but we should go out, with Christ, in search of the one lost sheep, however far it may have wandered.” He added,
“God always thinks with mercy: do not forget this. God always thinks with mercy: our merciful Father. God thinks like a father who awaits the return of his child and goes to meet him, sees him come when he is still far away.”
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Or read the full English text of Pope Francis’ address.