Pope Francis advised Catholics yesterday not to waste time complaining about coronavirus restrictions, but to focus instead on helping those in need. Source: CNA.
Speaking from a window overlooking St Peter’s Square, the Pope encouraged people to imitate the Virgin Mary’s “yes” to God at the Annunciation.
“What, then, is the ‘yes’ we can say?” he asked. “Instead of complaining in these difficult times about what the pandemic prevents us from doing, let us do something for someone who has less: not the umpteenth gift for ourselves and our friends, but for a person in need whom no one thinks of!”
He said that he wished to offer another piece of advice: that in order for Jesus to be born in us, we should devote time to prayer.
“Let us not let ourselves be swept up by consumerism. ‘Ah, I have to buy presents, I must do this and that.’ That frenzy of doing things, more and more. It is Jesus that is important,” he stressed.
“Consumerism, brothers and sisters, has stolen Christmas. Consumerism is not found in the manger in Bethlehem: there is reality, poverty, love. Let us prepare our hearts to be like Mary’s: free from evil, welcoming, ready to receive God.”