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Pope at Audience: Trust in God, He Knows Better Than We Do

Reflecting on Heroine of Judith, Reminds Faithful Trusting God Means Enter Into His Plans Without Demanding Anything

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Trust in God, He knows better than we do.
Pope Francis gave this advice during this morning’s General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, as he continued his series of catecheses on the theme of Christian hope. 
“We are not the ones who can teach God what to do, what we need. He knows better than we do, and we have to trust, because His ways and His thoughts are different from ours.”

Francis drew inspiration from the great heroine of Judith in the Old Testament. During the siege of the city of Bethulia by the Assyrian general Holofernes, the people were on the verge of surrendering. In what seemed to be a hopeless situation, the city’s leaders determined to hold off for five days, trusting that the Lord would come to their aid.

At that point, Judith appeared to reinforce their wavering hope in the face of fear and proposed a plan that led to victory over the enemy. With the strength of a prophet, Judith reminded all of his people to put their trust back in God.

“The example of this woman of great wisdom and courage teaches us to trust in the Lord’s providential care, but also, in prayer and obedience, to discern his will and to do everything in our power to respond to the challenges that come our way.”

“Trusting God,” he notes, “means to enter into his designs without demanding anything.”

“It is the language of hope,” Francis said, reminding us to knock on the door of God, the Father’s heart, who can save us.
“This woman, a widow, is likely to make even a bad impression in front of others! But she is brave! She goes ahead! This is my opinion: women are more courageous than men,” the Pope said, earning applause from those in the hall.
Judith reminds the people that God will, without a doubt, act. As a woman of faith, she knows it, and we see that in the end, God saves.

Pope Francis concluded, encouraging us to trust in God’s plans for us.


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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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