Christians know how to be patient and persevere even when they go through difficult and monotonous times since they see that light always comes after the dark moments, Pope Francis reminded the faithful on Oct. 11.
In his general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims gathered at St. Peter's Square about the Christian hope and highlighted an aspect of it called "vigilant waiting." The pontiff said believers are never bored or hopeless because they know how to persevere with love even through dark and unclear times, the Catholic News Agency relayed.
"The Christian was not made for boredom, but for patience," said Pope Francis.
In addition, the pope said the patience of Christians stem from the knowledge that "a mysterious grace is hidden" behind monotonous days. He also said there are people who use their perseverance to "irrigate the desert" so that no experience is ever wasted.
"No night is so long that the joy of dawn is forgotten. And the darker the night, the closer it is to dawn," Pope Francis added.
Moreover, Pope Francis urged Christians to stay vigilant while waiting for the dawn to break, so that they are ready when the Lord arrives for them. He said "everything will be redeemed" at the end of all suffering, anger, and trials if they only put their hope in Jesus Christ.
Earlier this year, Pope Francis reminded Christians that they must work hard to imitate God's perseverance and to remain faithful even in unstable times. He said the Lord provides the faithful with strength to carry on through temptation and enables them to help others who are also going through difficult times, Crux reported.
The pope encouraged Christians to hold on to their faith and to the virtue of hope, knowing that God is also persevering in loving humankind. Lastly, he pointed to St. Paul's writing which urges the strong to help those who are weak and not live for their own pleasure.