:Ocean of mercy" overcomes 'torrent of misery,' Pope preaches on New Year's Day [CWN]

On January 1, Pope Francis celebrated morning Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, delivered an Angelus address, and celebrated an evening Mass at the Basilica of Santa Maria …

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On January 1, Pope Francis celebrated morning Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, delivered an Angelus address, and celebrated an evening Mass at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

The mystery of the Incarnation “constantly clashes with the dramatic experience of human history,” he preached in his first homily. “Sometimes we ask ourselves how it is possible that human injustice persists unabated, and that the arrogance of the powerful continues to demean the weak, relegating them to the most squalid outskirts of our world … A torrent of misery, swollen by sin, seems to contradict the fullness of time brought by Christ.”

“And yet this swollen torrent is powerless before the ocean of mercy which floods our world,” he continued, adding: All of us are called to immerse ourselves in this ocean, to let ourselves be reborn, to overcome the indifference which blocks solidarity, and to leave behind the false neutrality which prevents sharing. The grace of Christ, which brings our hope of salvation to fulfillment, leads us to cooperate with him in building an ever more just and fraternal world, a world in which every person and every creature can dwell in peace, in the harmony of God’s original creation.

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