The gratitude that comes from encountering Christ’s love and mercy is enough to bring joy and hope to a troubled world, Pope Francis said.
“If we are bearers of gratitude, the world itself will become better, even if only a little bit, but that is enough to transmit a bit of hope,” the pope said Dec. 30 during his weekly general audience.
“The world is in need of hope, and with gratitude — with this attitude of thanksgiving — we can transmit a bit of hope,” he said.
At the audience, which was livestreamed from the library of the Apostolic Palace, the pope continued his series of talks on prayer, reflecting on prayers of thanksgiving as exemplified in the Gospel story of the 10 lepers healed by Jesus.
After the lepers cry out for mercy, Jesus healed them and sent them to the high priests to verify their healing. However, the pope noted, only one returned “to thank Jesus and to praise God for the grace received.”
“This narrative divides the world in two,” the pope said. There are “those who do not give thanks and those who do; those who take everything as if it were owed them and those who welcome everything as a gift, as grace.”
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