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Pope Francis during the Angelus of 23 august 2015

Angelus / PHOTO.VA - OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Pope at Angelus: Live & Act Well on This Earth, But Have Longing for Heaven

This 2nd Sunday of August, Francis Says Be Ready for Definitive Meeting With the Lord

We must live and act on this earth having a longing for Heaven in our hearts…

This second Sunday of August, Pope Francis gave this concrete encouragement to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his traditional Sunday Angelus at noon, as he reflected on today’s Gospel according to St. Luke.

Recalling the Gospel passage of the servants who vigilantly wait for their master, the Pontiff highlighted that this attitude of vigilant and faithful servants is what we are to imitate.

“Be ready for the final and definitive meeting with the Lord,” Pope Francis exhorted.

Each of us, he reminded, will meet Him, finding him or herself with the Lord, on that day. “Each of us has his or her own date of the definitive meeting. The Lord says: ‘Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant upon his arrival.”

The Lord reminds us, the Holy Father underscored, that life is a journey towards eternity. “Therefore,” he said, “we are called to make all our talents bear fruit, without ever forgetting that “for here we have no lasting city, but we seek the one that is to come (Heb 13:14).'”

“In this perspective,” he said, “every moment becomes precious, so it is necessary to live and act on this earth having a longing for heaven: feet on earth, walking on earth, working on earth, doing good on earth, with the longing for heaven.”

Pope Francis concluded, as usual, wishing those gathered a happy Sunday and good lunch.

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On Zenit’s Webpage:

Full Text of Angelus: https://zenit.org/articles/popes-angelus-address-on-being-vigilant-faithful-servants-full-text/

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. 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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