Pope on All Saints: Beatitudes show path to holiness & happiness

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By Vatican News staff writer

On the Solemnity of All Saints Pope Francis leads the recitation of the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square reflecting on how the Beatitudes show us the path that leads to the Kingdom of God and to happiness. To be a saint, he says, is to walk on this road, especially through joy and prophecy manifested in our lives.

Addressing the many pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for Monday’s Angelus on the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis focused his thoughts on today’s liturgy highlighting the Beatitudes, the path followed by the Saints that leads to God’s Kingdom and to happiness, and that consists in humility, compassion, meekness, justice and peace. He spoke about two aspects of this way of life: joy and prophecy.

No holiness without joy Jesus begins the Beatitudes with the word “Blessed”, which means great happiness, the “joyful discovery of being God’s beloved sons and daughters”, the Pope underscored, saying that this is a gift we receive as God comes to “dwell in our lives” and hence “we are blessed”. A Christian’s joy then is not a passing moment of happiness or optimism, but one grounded in the certainty of facing all life’s situations under “God’s loving gaze”, drawing courage and strength from it. The Saints are great witnesses to this fact, having lived through so many tribulations, yet always bearing witness to the joy of being loved and sustained by God. Without joy, the Pope noted, faith can risk becoming a “rigorous and oppressive” exercise. We should ask ourselves if we radiate joy in our own lives, or do we have a “funeral face”, the Pope said, emphasizing that “there is no holiness without joy.”

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