Hearts Swelled with Hope

A good Advent image — especially when trying to make sense of what the so-called Francis effect is really about:

Jesus accomplishes his work as Savior without any ostentation, simply and humbly; he does not present himself as a conqueror, but rather as one who is meek; as a poor man who has come to preach the gospel of the poor, to heal the sick, and to save sinners. His manner might scandalize those who were looking for a powerful and glorious Messiah, but it brought great encouragement to those who felt themselves poor, little and sick, in need of salvation. Hearts swelled with hope before the Savior’s kindness and meekness.
–Fr. Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen, Divine Intimacy

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