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 the authorities concerned will too be with Him, we will be with Him. The Saints and Blesseds are the most definitive onlookers of Christian hope, because they lived it amply in their lives, amidst delights and sustains, putting into practice the Beatitudes that Jesus preached and which resonate in the Liturgy( meet Mt 5:1 -1 2a ). The evangelical Beatitudes, in fact, are the path to holiness. I will manifest now on two Beatitudes, the second largest and the third.
The second one is this: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”( v. 4 ). These oaths seem self-contradictory because mourning is not a sign of joy and happy. Rationalizations for mourning come from suffering and fatality, illness, moral trouble, blasphemy and mistakes: simply from everyday life with marked by fragility, weakness and difficulties, a life at times wounded and soreness by ingratitude and misunderstanding. Jesus affirms sanctified those who mourn over this reality, who trust in the Lord despite everything and framed themselves under His shadow. They are not inattentive , nor do they harden their feelings when they are in pain, but they patiently hope for God’s comfort. And they know this ease 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 room for the other, they listen to the other, respect the other’s way of living, his or her the requirements and entreaties. They do not intend to overwhelm or diminish the other, they do not want to be on top of or dominate everything , nor do they impose their intuitions or their own interests to the detriment of others. These parties , not appreciated by the world and its mentality, are, instead, treasured in God’s noses. God generates them the promised land as an endowment, that is, life eternal. This beatitude too begins now 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 affect: meekness.
Dear brothers and sisters, choice integrity, meekness and blessing; choosing to entrust oneself to the Lord in privation of flavor and in affliction; dedicating oneself to justice and peace- all this entails going against the current in respect to this world’s mentality, in respect to the culture of owning, of meaningless enjoyable, of insolence against the weakest. This evangelical move was stepped by the Saints and Blesseds. Today’s solemnity that standings All Saints reminds us of the personal and universal vocation to holiness, and nominates sure poses for this journey that every person feet in a distinct action, an unrepeatable road. It is enough to think of the bottomless variety of offerings and real life narratives there are among the saints: they are 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, making this path: meekness, meekness, satisfy, and we will head toward holiness.
This immense family of loyal devotees of Christ has a Mother, the Virgin mary. We venerate her under the title Queen of All Saints; but she is first of all the Mother who teaches everyone how to welcome and follow her children. May she help us nourish the desire for holiness, strolling the space of the Beatitudes.
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Yesterday, in Hartford, in the United Regime of America, Michael McGivney was affirmed sanctified: diocesan pastor, founder of the Knights of Columbus. Dedicated to evangelization, he did everything possible to provide for the needs of those in need, promoting reciprocal succour. May his pattern be an impetus for us to always be watches of the Gospel of benevolence. Let’s dedicate a round of applause to this new blessed.
On this fete day let us not forget what is happening in Nagorno-Karabakh where the armed confrontations is currently underway amid a fragile moratorium, with the grievous increase in victims, slaughter of homes, buildings and sits of devotion, with an increasing massive involvement of the civil population. It’s tragic.
I would like to renew my heartfelt 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 mediation 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 likewise 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 special, I salute the participants of the Race of the Saints promoted by the Don Bosco Foundation throughout the world. This year then there hastening from a distance as well as individually. Even though it is taking place in small groups to respect the distancing imposed because of the pandemic, this sporting happening furnishes a popular faith dimension to the religious gala of All Saints. Thank you for your 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 who play an important role, go to pray near the mausoleums 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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