A Word of Encouragement from Pope Francis

For Advent this year I am reading a daily devotional called Our Advent Journey with Christ in the Words of Pope Francis. The reflections are short and yet give much food for thought for the day.

Yesterday’s reflection, Tuesday of the Third week really spoke to me because many of us struggle  (or are struggling now) with various problems and difficulties. And sometimes, the Christmas season can magnify those difficulties. But as Pope Francis reminds us, Jesus is with always, even when we struggle:

“We know that with Him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life’s journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable-and there are so many of them! We accompany and follow Jesus, but above all we know that he accompanies us and carries us on his shoulders. This is our joy, this is the hope that we must bring to this world.”

No matter what happens to us, no matter what happens to you, know that Jesus loves you and is with you, carrying you through it all, just like in that well-known poem, “Footprints.” Jesus will guide you and support you in everything if you just lean on Him and let Him fill you with His peace and joy.

God bless!

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