Pope Francis prays the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peters Square Jan 10 2016. Photo credit: Alexey Gotovsky CNA
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Vatican City, Feb 26, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- While earthly pleasures such as power and money bring temporary satisfaction, they are ultimately fleeting and deceptive, Pope Francis said Sunday, explaining that God alone is faithful and in trusting him, we have nothing to worry about.
“God is not a distant an anonymous being: he is our refuge, the source of our serenity and our peace,” the Pope said Feb. 26. “He is the rock of our salvation, to whom we can cling with the certainty of not falling; he is our defense against the evil that is always lurking.”
For each of us God is a “great friend, allay and father,” he said, but noted that sadly, “we don’t always realize it.”
“We don’t realize that we have a friend, a father, who loves us. We prefer to cling to immediate and contingent goods, forgetting, and at times refuting, the supreme good, which is the paternal love of God,” he said.
To know and feel that God is our Father is especially important “in this age of orphan-hood,” he said, noting that often times we distance ourselves from God’s love “when we go in obsessive pursuit of earthly goods and riches, thus showing an exaggerated love of these realities.”
Many friends or those whom “we think are friends” delude us with false illusions, he said, but stressed that “God never deludes.”