In the midst of all the New Year festivities, Pope Francis delivered a very important message to his followers, which actually is relevant for a much larger audience. The celebrations bit is fine, the incumbent leader of the Catholic Church says, but don’t forget to reflect on what you have done this year.
While presiding over Vespers in St. Peter's Basilica in the finals hours of 2013, the pontiff called on his followers to ask themselves if their actions in the past 12 months have all been for their own self or if they did do something good for the humanity.
“As the year 2013 comes to an end, we collect, as in a basket , the days , the weeks , the months that we have lived, to offer everything to the Lord,” he said. “And let us ask courageously, how we lived the time that He has given us? Did we use it mainly for ourselves, for our interests, or we have been able to spend it for others? How much time have we reserved to be with God, in prayer, in silence, in adoration?"
After delivering the formal sermon inside the Basilica, the 77-year-old then stepped outside to admire the nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square before turning to the excited crowd that had gathered to catch a glimpse of the man.