Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,699 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope's Palm Sunday message: Find joy in the Cross

Catholic World News - March 25, 2013

Celebrating Mass on Palm Sunday for a huge congregation estimated at 250,000 people in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis exhorted the faithful: “Never give way to discouragement!”

In his homily the Pope spoke of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, which had been recalled in the procession with palms before the Mass. “Jesus has awakened great hopes,” he said, “especially in the hearts of the simple, the humble, the poor, the forgotten, those who do not matter in the eyes of the world.” Being a disciple of Jesus means being hopeful and joyful, the Pope said. “A Christian can never be sad!”

At the same time, the Pope reminded his congregation, Jesus was entering Jerusalem to face death. The Cross is the reality of Christian sacrifice, he said, and Christians must embrace it, being prepared to die to themselves and rid themselves of attachment to sin. He quoted a saying of his grandmother, that “a shroud has no pockets.” He explained that she was referring to the need to purge the “love of money, power, corruption, divisions, crimes against human life and against creation.” Nevertheless, the Holy Father insisted, “Christ’s Cross embraced with love does not lead to sadness, but to joy!”

Finally the Pope reminded his congregation that Palm Sunday has been observed for the past 28 years as World Youth Day, and that many thousands of young Catholics are now preparing for the international celebration of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in July. “Young persons, you must tell the world that it's good to follow Jesus, that it's good to go with Jesus,” he said. After the Mass, at his Angelus audience, the Pope encouraged the faithful to seek the intercession of the Virgin Mary, to accompany the Church through Holy Week.

The Pope closed his midday audience with a message to young people preparing to attend the World Youth Day celebrations in Rio. “Prepare your hearts spiritually,” he said. “May all of you have a good journey!”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($124,788 to go):
$150,000.00 $25,212.05
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly 22 hours ago
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? October 24
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6