The light gives us joy and hope

Pope Francis to school children: The light gives us joy and hope

It is not a secret that the teachings of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, can be applied to our every day life. This latest testimony while speaking to school children is no different. He recently met with children in Italy. His lesson can be adapted and followed by children and adults around the world. The following is an excerpt of his message to children about God.

Pope Francis recently met with a group of Italian school children, part of a new initiative of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The Pope talked with the children about the importance of coming from the darkness into the light. “The light,” he said, “is always inside us. Because the light give us joy, gives us hope.” When people seek light, he continued, they can make the world a better place.

But, the Pope said, we can’t make the world better with hatred – only with love. “With love. With love. All together, like brothers, fighting alongside one another with love. And for that reason, I want to tell you one thing: When the Apostle John, who was such a good friend of Jesus, wanted to say who God is, do you know what he said? ‘God is love.’”

“God is love,” Pope Francis repeated, “And we go forward together toward the light to find the love of God. But is the love of God within us, even in moments of darkness? Is the love of God hidden there? Yes, always! The love of God never leaves us. It is always with us. Let us have faith in this love.”

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