Amid world tensions, John Paul II used his general audience Oct. 10 to make a heart-felt appeal for hope in God.
The Pope dedicated the audience to Jeremiah 31, a passage full of confidence in the future because of God's promises.
The “Book of Consolation,” as the Jews named this passage, called God's people to rejoice even though they were suffering under the foreign occupation of Assyria at the time.
The Lord promised the scattered people of Israel that they would be reunited, singing and dancing for joy; and he assured them of abundant gifts of grain, wine, flocks and herds.
The canticle shows that “God wants to make the whole man happy,” the Holy Father said.