On New Year’s Eve, Pope Francis calls listening an act of love

Urban elderlyPope Francis said on New Year’s Eve, “It is an act of love to spend time with others, to listen to them and their needs, and to try to see them as Christ sees them.” “We are called to meet others and listen to their life, their cry for help. Listening is already an act of love!

In his homily in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope said “having time for others, dialoguing, recognizing with a contemplative gaze the presence and action of God in their lives, witnessing the new life of the Gospel with deeds rather than words, is truly a service of love which changes reality.” He also said that doing so will bring “new air” to the Church.

And no one, Francis argued, should feel afraid or think they are not enough to fulfill this important mission. “Let us remember: God does not choose us because of our ‘skill,’ but precisely because we are and we feel small,” he said.

On the following day, Pope Francis followed up with a message entitled: New Year Message from His Holiness Pope Francis – 1st January 2020. It focuses on peace as a journey of hope: dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion. The message places emphasis on the following points: (1) Peace, a journey of hope in the face of obstacles and trial. (2) Peace, a journey of listening based on memory, solidarity and fraternity. (3) Peace, a journey of reconciliation in fraternal communion. (4) Peace, a journey of ecological conversion.

To read the entire message, please click here.

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