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Advent is a journey of hope, Francis teaches

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In his remarks for his Sunday Angelus audience in St. Peter's Square yesterday, Pope Francis began Advent by reminding the assembled throng that, more than anything else, Advent is a season for hope. “For the great human family it is necessary to renew always the common horizon toward which we are journeying. The horizon of hope! This is the horizon that makes a good journey,” the Holy Father said, “The time of Advent that we begin again today returns us to the horizon of hope, a hope that does not disappoint because it is founded on the Word of God. A hope that does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! He is faithful!”

The season of Advent is “a new journey of the People of God with Jesus Christ, our Shepherd, who guides us in history towards the completion of the Kingdom of God. Let us rediscover the beauty of being together along the way: the Church, with her vocation and mission, and the whole of humanity, the people, the civilizations, the cultures, all together on the paths of time. But on the way to where?”

The Pontiff pointed out that in the Old Testament, the People of God move toward Jerusalem “because from there, from Jerusalem, came the revelation of the face of God and His law. At the fullness of time, however, revelation found its fulfillment in Jesus Christ, and the ‘temple of the Lord’ became God himself, the Word made flesh,” Francis taught, "it is the Lord himself who guides our journey, the pilgrimage of all of the People of God; and by its light even the other peoples can walk towards the Kingdom of justice, towards the Kingdom of peace.”

“What a great day it will be, when the weapons will be dismantled in order to be transformed into instruments of work!” the Pope exclaimed, reflecting on the words of the Prophet Isaiah, “and this is possible! We bet on hope, on the hope of peace, and it will be possible! The journey is never finished,” the Pontiff declared. “Just as in each of our own lives, there is always a need to restart, to rise again, to recover a sense of the goal of one’s own existence.”

Mary is a model of this spiritual attitude, to this way of being and of journeying in life.Although she was just a simple girl, she carried in her heart the hope of God,” said the Holy Father,. in her womb, the hope of God took flesh, became man, and made history: Jesus Christ. The Magnificat is the canticle of the People of God on the journey, and of all men and women who hope in God, in the power of his mercy.”

“Let us be guided by her, she who is mother, she is a ‘mama’ and knows how to lead us. Let us be guided by her in this time of waiting and active vigilance.”

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