From his 8-25 Angelus address:
Nowadays we pass many doors that invite us to enter, that promise a
happiness that then we realise lasts but a moment, which is an end in
itself and has no future. But I ask you: which gate do we want to enter?
And who we want to through the gate of our lives? I want to say
emphatically: don’t be afraid to pass through the gate of faith in
Jesus, to let Him enter more and more into our lives, to go out of our
selfishness, our being closed in, our indifference toward others.
Because Jesus illuminates our life with a light that never goes out. It
is not a firework, not a “flash”! No, it is a soft light that always
endures and that gives us peace. That is the light that we meet if we
enter through the gate of Jesus.
Certainly, it is a narrow gate, the
gate of Jesus, not because it is a torture chamber. No, not because of
that! But because it asks us to open our hearts to Him, to recognize
ourselves as sinners, in need of His salvation, His forgiveness, His
love, needing the humility to accept His mercy and to be renewed by Him.
Jesus in the Gospel tells us that being a Christian is not having a
“label”! I ask you, are you Christians because of a label, or in truth?
And for each one the answer is within. Not Christians, never Christians
because of a label! Christians in truth, in the heart. To be Christian
is to live and witness to the faith in prayer, in works of charity, in
promoting justice, in doing good. For the narrow gate which is Christ
must pass into our whole life.
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