We Do Not Pretend That Life Is All Beauty

We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery-the mystery of his Death and Resurrection. "We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!" We are not looking for a shallow joy but rather a joy that comes from faith, that grows through unselfish love, that respects the "fundamental duty of love of neighbor, without which it would be unbecoming to speak of joy." We realize that joy is demanding-it demands unselfishness; it demands a readiness to say with Mary: "May it be done to me according to your word." 

ANGELUS, ADELAIDE, November 30, 1986

(Pope John Paul II, “Love is the Explanation of Everything”, Rizzoli 2011, Page 122)

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