Holy Father Pope Francis while addressing the faithful gathered at St. Peter’s Square, continued his reflections on Christian hope and explained the significance of having the attitude of “attentive waiting”  in life. His Holiness highlighted that just as Jesus tells his disciples to be like those who await the return of their master, with lamps alight, Christians must always be attentive, awaiting the Lord’s return.

As reported by Vatican radio, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “Every day is a new opportunity to be attentive to God, to welcome the day as his gift and to live that day by offering our good works to him.” Further, His Holiness added, “Such attentiveness requires patience, yet no night is so long, as to make us forget the joy that comes with dawn.”

His Holiness concluded his message by reminding that “No matter what we may suffer, life has its purpose and the merciful Lord will greet us at its end and thus we can look upon  history and our own lives with confidence and hope.”