Written by Tharushan Fernando
25 Dec, 2015 | 9:00 pm
Christians the world over celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who heralded peace to the world through his birth, and redeemed mankind from sin.
Pope Francis led the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas last night, urging those “intoxicated” by possessions and superficial appearances to return to the essential values of life.
Celebrating a Christmas eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis said everyone should allow the simplicity of the child Jesus, born into poverty in a manger despite his divinity, to infuse their spirit and inspire their lives.
At the service for about 10,000 people in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis said Christmas was the time to “once more discover who we are”.
His Holiness further stated that in a society so often intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance, appearances and narcissism, this child calls us to act soberly, in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential.
He also noted that in a world which all too often is merciless to the sinner and lenient to the sin, we need to cultivate a strong sense of justice, to discern and to do God’s will.
He added that amid a culture of indifference which not infrequently turns ruthless, our style of life should instead be devout, filled with empathy, compassion and mercy, drawn daily from the wellspring of prayer
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