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POPE’S MESSAGE | God dreams big, wants to transform world, defeat evil

Pope Francis greeted a group of nuns as he arrived for his general audience in St. Peter’s Square May 17 at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — God is right by the side of each person on earth, seeing each individual's pain and wanting to bring hope and joy, Pope Francis said.

"He calls us by name and tells us, 'Rise up, stop weeping, because I have come to free you,'" the pope said May 17 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

The pope continued his series of talks on Christian hope by looking at the Gospel of John's account of St. Mary Magdalene visiting Jesus' tomb.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God’s Spirit is released in us through suffering

Jesus' words in the Gospel reading for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, which were spoken before Pentecost, help us to understand the first readings, which took place after Pentecost.

Jesus tells His disciples, "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows Him."

‘God is with us’

Floodwater from the Meramec River swamped homes in Pacific on May 2. Parishioners of affected parishes in Pacific, Eureka, Valley Park, Fenton, Arnold and other areas assisted with sand bagging and other prevention measures.

In a virtual replay of floods in the final week of December 2015, flooding along the Meramec River, its tributaries and the Mississippi River inundated the St. Louis area in the first week of May, closing Interstates 44 and 55 and turning Eureka and Fenton into islands. Homes and businesses from Pacific and points west to Arnold in the south and beyond were devasted.

DEAR FATHER | Living purgatory on earth is a way to draw ourselves closer to God

Many times as a priest, I encounter people who are undergoing great suffering in their life. This suffering may be physical, mental or emotional pain, disunity and brokenness in their family, troubles at work or illness. In the midst of such sufferings, when answers are hard to come by, people at times say to me, "Well, Father, I guess I am just going through my purgatory here on Earth."

Let us first acknowledge the foundation in faith of this statement, as the believer tries to reconcile God's love with the circumstances of pain around them.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Why be afraid when God is always showing the way

Pope Francis gave a thumbs up as he greeted the crowd at his general audience April 26 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Christians always have hope, no matter how bleak, bad or uncertain the journey, because they know God is always by their side, Pope Francis said.

In fact, "even crossing parts of the world (that are) wounded, where things are not going well, we are among those who, even there, continue to hope," he said at his weekly general audience April 26 in St. Peter's Square.

Just a few days before visiting Cairo April 28-29, the pope continued his series of talks on the nature of Christian hope, saying it's rooted in knowing God will always be present, even to the end of time.

DEAR FATHER | Father knows best: Trusting God when it comes to prayer

I often pray to God, but he never seems to answer my prayers. What am I doing wrong? 

St. Augustine, in his writings on the Sermon on the Mount — one of the places in Scripture Jesus encourages us to ask, seek and knock for the Father's answer to our needs in prayer — comments on why God does not seem to answer our prayers. He lists four reasons.

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