Faith is not a thing of the past, like an artifact in a museum. Rather, it is kept alive through continuous encounters with Christ, said Pope Francis.
Pope Francis said. He addressed the danger of reducing faith to something that belongs in the past, as if it “were a beautiful illuminated book to be kept in a museum.”
“Once it is locked up in the archives of history, faith loses its power to transform, its living beauty, its positive openness to all,”
Rather, faith “is born and reborn from a life-giving encounter with Jesus, from experiencing how his mercy illumines every situation in our lives.” The Pope said, faith should be renewed daily by reading God’s word and praying silently “to open our hearts to his love.”
“We would do well to let our encounter with the Lord’s tenderness enkindle joy in our hearts: a joy greater than sadness, a joy that even withstands pain and in turn becomes peace.”