Having and building hope, never being submissive or passive, with courage, risk-taking and personal sacrifice, never being pessimistic, resigned, or weak. We must persevere and be and life-giving, like wellsprings to irrigate a desert

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 11. (CNS/Paul Haring) VATICAN CITY — Christians are never pessimistic, resigned or weak, thinking life is…