Saint Peter’s SquareSunday, 1st November 2020
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
On this solemn Feast of All Saints, the Church invites us to reflect on the great hope, the great hope that is based on Christ’s resurrection: Christ is risen and we will too be with Him, we will be with Him. The Saints and Blesseds are the most authoritative evidences of Christian hope, because they lived it fully in their lives, amidst delights and agonies, putting into practice the Beatitudes that Jesus preached and which resound in the Liturgy( experience Mt 5:1 -1 2a ). The missionary Beatitudes, in fact, are the path to holiness. I will wonder now on two Beatitudes, the second and the third.
The second one is this: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”( v. 4 ). These utterances seem self-contradictory because sorrowing is not a sign of joy and prosperity. Intellects for sorrowing come from suffering and fatality, illness, moral calamity, blasphemy and mistakes: simply from daily life with signal by fragility, weakness and difficulties, a life at times wounded and soreness by ingratitude and misreading. Jesus proclaims anointed those who mourn over this reality, who trust in the Lord despite everything and made themselves under His shadow. They are not apathetic , nor do they harden their middles when they are in pain, but they patiently hope for God’s comfort. And they experience this solace even in this life.
In the third Beatitude, Jesus moods: “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth”( v. 5 ). Brothers and sisters, meekness! Meekness is characteristic of Jesus, who said of Himself: “Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart”( Mt 11:29 ). The meek are those who know how to control themselves, who leave space for the other, they listen to the other, respect the other’s way of living, his or her needs and requests. They do not intend to overwhelm or diminish the other, they do not want to be on top of or predominate everything , nor do they impose their sentiments or their best interests to the detriment of others. These people , not appreciated by the world and its mentality, are, instead, cherished in God’s gazes. God affords them the promised land as an patrimony, that is, life eternal. This beatitude too begins here below and is fulfilled in Christ. But meekness … At this moment in life, even in the world, there is so much aggressivity, in everyday life as well, the first thing that comes out of us is aggression, defensiveness. We need meekness to progress on the path of holiness. To listen, to respect , not to criticize: meekness.
Dear brothers and sisters, choosing piety, meekness and forgivenes; choosing to entrust oneself to the Lord in privation of atmosphere and in calamity; dedicating oneself to justice and peace- all this necessitates going against the current in respect to this world’s mentality, in respect to the culture of dominating, of meaningless amusing, of pretension against the weakest. This missionary path was stepped by the Saints and Blesseds. Today’s solemnity that statures All Saints reminds us of the personal and universal vocation to holiness, and proposes sure models for this journey that each person ambles in a peculiar acces, an unrepeatable practice. It is enough to think of the bottomless variety of gifts and real life storeys there are among the saints: “theyre not” equal, each one has their own personality and developed their own life of holiness according to their own personality, and each one of us can do it, taking this road: meekness, meekness, please, and we will head toward holiness.
This immense family of loyal followers of Christ has a Mother, the Virgin mary. We respect her under the title Queen of All Saints; but she is first of all the Mother who teaches everyone how to welcome and follow their own children. May she help us nourish the wish for holiness, sauntering the road of the Beatitudes.
After the Angelus, the Holy father continued 😛 TAGEND
Yesterday, in Hartford, in the United Regime of America, Michael McGivney was affirmed consecrated: diocesan clergyman, founder of the Knights of Columbus. Dedicated to evangelization, he did everything possible to provide for the needs of those in need, promoting reciprocal assistance. May his instance be an impetus for us to always be observers of the Gospel of benevolence. Let’s hold a round of applause to this new blessed.
On this feast day let us not forget what is happening in Nagorno-Karabakh where the armed disputes are taking place amid a fragile moratorium, with the fatal increase in scapegoats, extinction of homes, buildings and regions of worship, with an increasing massive participation of the civilian populations. It’s tragic.
I would like to renew my fervent appeal to the parties responsible in the conflict so that they intervene as soon as possible to stop the shedding of innocent blood. May they not think of using violence to resolve the controversy, but dedicate themselves to sincere talk with the help of the international community. On my part, I am near to all those who are suffering and I invite[ everyone] to ask the intercession of the Saints for a stable armistice in that region.
Let us too pray for the population in the area of the Aegean Sea who, two days ago, struck by a strong earthquake.
I greet all of you from Rome and pilgrims from various countries. In particular, I greet those participating in the Race of the Saints promoted by the Don Bosco Foundation throughout the world. This year they are hastening from a distance as well as individually. Even though it is taking place in small groups to respect the distancing prescribed because of the pandemic, this feature occurrence volunteers a popular faith dimension to the religious occasion of All Saints. Thank you for its own initiative and for your presence.
Tomorrow afternoon, I will celebration Mass in suffrage for the deceased in the Teutonic Cemetery, a burial place in Vatican City. I unite myself spiritually to the persons who, while observing the health regulations which are important, go to pray near the crypts of their dear ones in every part of the world.
I wish all of you a Happy Feast in the spiritual company of the saints. Please, do not forget to pray for me. Enjoy your meal and arrivederci.
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