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We cannot be messengers of God’s consolation if we do not experience first the joy of being consoled and loved by him,” the Pope said. “This happens especially when we listen to his Word.”

He continued, “The Gospel, which we should carry in our pocket, do not forget this! The Gospel, in your pocket or in your purse, read it continuously … When we remain in prayerful silence in his presence, when we meet him in the Eucharist or in the Sacrament of Reconciliation– all this consoles us.”

Referring to the sadness of “those who are enslaved by money, power, success, worldliness,” Pope Francis added that “in sadness, we feel almost like the protagonists. Instead, in consolation, the Holy Spirit is the protagonist.”