Thursday, February 27, 2014

From Pope Francis - February 26, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Pope Francis explains the Anointing of the Sick during General Audience

Pope Francis explained the meaning behind the Anointing of the Sick, which "expresses God’s merciful presence to the sick, the suffering and the aged.”

The Pope added that this sacraments allows the Church be close to those who suffer, and that it shows that not even sickness or death can keep people away from God's salvation and love.

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

In our catechesis on the sacraments, we now turn to the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which expresses God’s merciful presence to the sick, the suffering and the aged. 

The parable of the Good Samaritan reflects our Lord’s tender concern for those who suffer; like the Samaritan, and following Christ’s example and teaching, the Church brings God’s healing presence to the suffering through the sacramental sign of anointing with oil. 

As we learn from the Letter of James (5:14-15), the early Church continued his ministry to the sick through prayer and anointing by her presbyters. 

Through the celebration of the Anointing of the Sick, the Church accompanies us in facing the profound mystery of suffering and death. 

In a culture which all too often refuses to speak of these realities, we need all the more to recognize the beauty of this Sacrament and to appreciate, in spiritual solidarity with the whole Church, the presence of the Lord Jesus, who strengthens us in faith and hope, and reminds us that nothing – not even evil and death – can ever separate us from the saving power of his love.

I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Denmark, Canada and the United States. 

I greet in particular the participants in the World Congress of SIGNIS and the pilgrimage group of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter from the United States. 


With affection I greet the alumni and friends of the Pontifical Canadian College on the 125th anniversary of the College’s establishment. Upon all present I invoke joy and peace in Christ our Lord!


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

From Pope Francis - February 19, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Pope: When was the last time you Confessed? Don't let another day pass by...

The Pope made his way along St. Peter's Square a few times, and as usual he blessed several babies along the way. Before starting off his general audience, he sipped on some mate tea and even exchanged his papal hat with pilgrims. But with the morning's strong winds, the Pope eventually decided to take off his papal hat all together.

 In his catechesis, he reflected on the Sacrament of Confession, explaining that a personal confession isn't enough. Confessing through the Church, he said, is essential and humbleness is needed.

 POPE FRANCIS 

"Don't be afraid of Confession. When you go into a confessional, you have so many emotions, including shame. But afterwords you feel free, great, beautiful and forgiven.”

Reflecting on Wednesday's readings the Pope explained that Jesus can heal much more than just the body. He can also heal the soul.

POPE FRANCIS

"Some will say, Oh Father, but I feel ashamed. Well sometimes it's good to feel a little shame. Shame can be healthy. When a person doesn't feel any shame, in my country we call them shameless, a 'sin verguenza.' A shameless person.”

He asked the crowd of about 20,000 people, to think about the last time they Confessed. Whether it was weeks, months or years ago, the Pope said, one shouldn't waste time.

POPE FRANCIS

"Each one of you should ask yourselves: When was the last time I went to Confession? If a lot of time has passed, then don't let another day go by. Go forward.”

Towards the end, he also called for peace in Ukraine, where amid recent protests and violence, several people have died in the country's capitol.


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

From Pope Francis - February 12, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 12 February 2014


Three practical ways in which the Eucharist can improve daily life.

In Wednesday's general audience, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, focusing specifically on the Eucharist. 

He outlined three points where the Eucharist plays a central role in Christian life. First, he explained, it affects the way people relate to one another. Secondly, through the Eucharist, both forgiveness and a call to forgive is experienced. Thirdly, the Eucharist nourishes a community through the Word and Life of Christ. 

Pope Francis then added that the Eucharist is not a mere memory that simply honors Jesus. Rather, he explained, it's an act and gift from God. 


SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

 Continuing our catechesis on the Sacraments of Initiation, I wish to reflect on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, as a Church and individual Christians. First, the Eucharist affects the way we see others.  In his life, Christ manifested his love by being with people, and by sharing their desires and problems.  

So too the Eucharist brings us together with others – young and old, poor and affluent, neighbors and visitors.  The Eucharist calls us to see all of them as our brothers and sisters, and to see in them the face of Christ. Second, in the Eucharist we experience the forgiveness of God and the call to forgive. 

 We celebrate the Eucharist not because we are worthy, but because we recognize our need for God’s mercy, incarnate in Jesus Christ. In the Eucharist, we renew the gift of the Body and Blood of Christ for the remission of sins, and our hearts are enlarged to receive and show mercy.  Third, in the Eucharistic celebration, we are nourished as the Christian community by Christ’s Word and Life.  

It is from the Eucharist that the Church receives continually her identity and mission. It is in our celebration that Christ fills us with his grace, so that our lives may be consonant with our worship of God in the Liturgy. Let us live the Eucharist in a spirit of faith and prayer, with the certainty that the Lord will bring to fulfillment all that he has promised.

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Speaker: I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Denmark, Hong Kong and the United States.  May Jesus Christ confirm you in faith and make you witnesses of his love and mercy to all people.  God bless you all!


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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

From Pope Francis - February 5, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Pope to Parents:
It's important for children make their First Communion

This was the scene today at the Vatican. A mosaic of umbrellas covered St. Peter's Square, as the rain hit down hard. Nonetheless, about 25,000 pilgrims attended the Pope's general audience.

He even joked about the weather.

POPE FRANCIS

"Dear brothers and sisters, good morning, but I guess it's not really a pretty day right...It's a bit rough.”

The Pope continued his catechesis on the Sacraments. He has talked about Baptism, Confession and Confirmation, but today he talked about the Eucharist and why it's essential to go to Mass.

POPE FRANCIS

"The Eucharist is such a great gift. That's why going to Mass is so important. Going to Mass not just to pray, but to receive Communion, the Bread and Body of Christ. It saves us, forgives us and it makes us one with the Father. How beautiful!”

He then explained that the word 'Eucharist' stems from Greek, and it means thankfulness. The greatest gestures of all, he explained, is the Last Supper, where God's love and mercy come together. He then added that celebrating the Eucharist is not just about honoring the past.

POPE FRANCIS

"The Eucharist is more than just a mere feast. It's a way to remember Jesus' Passover, a mystery that's central to our salvation. But when we talk about 'remembering' that doesn't mean that it's just a memory. It means that every time we celebrate this Sacrament we become part of the Mystery of His Passion, Death and Resurrection. The Eucharist is the peak of God's Salvation.”

It's through the Eucharist he explained, that it's possible to be in true communion with the Church. That's why it's key for children to make their First Communion.

POPE FRANCIS

"It's important for children to properly prepare for their First Communion, so that there's no child without this Sacrament. The Eucharist is a firm firm step towards Jesus, along with Baptism and Confirmation.”

Despite the bad weather, the Pope took his time as he made his way across the Square. Just in case, he opted for closed popemobile that was first used by Benedict XVI.


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