“We must pray, not to win by war but to win with peace”
At today’s mass for the canonization of seven new saints, Francis explained the true sense of prayer. At the Angelus, the Pope said: “Let us join forces to fight poverty, which is degrading and kills”
The canonization mass for seven new saints, presided over by Pope Francis.
Pubblicato il 16/10/2016
Ultima modifica il 16/10/2016 alle ore 12:59
“We must pray, not to win by war but to win with peace,” Francis urged today. “To pray is not to take refuge in an ideal world, nor to escape into a false, selfish sense of calm.” On the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica were the portraits of the seven blessed who were proclaimed saints today. The Square was filled with official delegations and numerous groups of pilgrims from the five countries the new saints hailed from. The new models of sainthood “have attained their goal. They had a generous and steadfast heart. They prayed mightily; they fought and they were victorious”.
Commenting on today’s readings in his homily, the Pope invited faithful to be “men of prayer”. This, the Pope highlighted,” “is the kind of spiritual life the Church asks of us: not to win by war, but to win with peace! There is an important message in this story of Moses: commitment to prayer demands that we support one another.” “Weariness is inevitable. Sometimes we simply cannot go on, yet, with the support of our brothers and sisters, our prayer can persevere until the Lord completes his work.”
This, Jorge Mario Bergoglio stressed, is the Christian attitude: remaining steadfast in prayer, in order to remain steadfast in faith and testimony”.
Huge waves of applause rose from the crowds in St. Peter’s Square when Francis read out the traditional formula for the proclamation of saints during the canonization mass for the seven new saints, including two martyrs and two Italians. Devout followers of each of the saints were present in large numbers, especially devotees of Elizabeth of the Trinity, a member of the Discalced Carmelite Order, the first to use the expression “Mother God” in her profound spiritual writings, thus a precursor of Luciani and Bergoglio’s magisterial. “Only in the Church and thanks to the Church’s prayer “are we able to remain steadfast in faith and witness”. The following concelebrated mass with the Pope: the Archbishop of Caracas Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, the Bishop of Zamora (Mexico) Javier Navarro Rodriguez, the Bishop of Palencia (Spain) Manuel Herrero Fernandez, the Superior General of the Sons of Mary Immaculate Ricardo Pinila Colantes, the Bishop of Nocera Inferiore-Sarno Giuseppe Giudice, the Bishop of Cruz del Eje (Argentina)Santiago Olivera and the Archbishop of Dijon Roland Minnerath.
“To pray is not to take refuge in an ideal world, nor to escape into a false, selfish sense of calm. On the contrary, to pray is to struggle, but also to let the Holy Spirit pray within us. For the Holy Spirit teaches us to pray. He guides us in prayer and he enables us to pray as sons and daughters,” Francis said.
Italian Reform Minister Maria Elena Boschi was present heading the Italian delegation, while the President of Argentina Mauricio Macri headed his country’s delegation. At the helm of the French delegation was Environment Minister Segolene Royal, while the Spanish one was led by Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz and the Mexican one by Roberto Herrera Mena, deputy director general of Religious Affairs.
The saints are men and women “who enter fully into the mystery of prayer,” Francis explained. “Men and women who struggle with prayer, letting the Holy Spirit pray and struggle in them. They struggle to the very end, with all their strength, and they triumph, but not by their own efforts: the Lord triumphs in them and with them.” Thus, “the seven witnesses who were canonized today also fought the good fight of faith and love by their prayers”. “That is why they remained firm in faith, with a generous and steadfast heart.” Through their example and intercession, the Pope said “may God also enable us to be men and women of prayer. May we cry out day and night to God, without losing heart. May we let the Holy Spirit pray in us, and may we support one another in prayer, in order to keep our arms raised, until Divine Mercy wins the victory.”
One of the figures canonized today was an Argentinean priest whom Francis is very fond of, José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero,“Cura Brochero”, who travelled enormous distances on the back of a mule during the 19th century to bring consolation and Jesus’ message of salvation to the poorest of the poor. The two new Italian saints are from the cities of Brescia and Salerno.Two of the new saints are martyrs, José Sánchez del Río, a boy, who at the tender age of 14 was killed in 1928, during the “Cristeros” revolt which resulted from the anti-Catholic revolution in Mexico. He refused to give in to his torturers who tried to force him to renounce his faith. A message to his mother was found on him. It read: “I promise you that in Heaven I will make sure there is a good place waiting for all of you. Your José is dying in defense of the Catholic faith and out of love for Christ the King and Our Lady of Guadalupe.” The first martyr of the La Salle Order, Salomone Leclercq was killed during the French Revolution in 1792. Two Italians were elevated to sainthood: one is the Brescian priest Lodovico Pavoni who founded the Congregation of the Sons of Immaculate Mary. During the 19th century industrial revolution he and his “labourer brothers” taught the poor and the marginalised trades and religious education. The other, is Alfonso Maria Fusto from Salerno, who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist and was particularly close to the impoverished and neglected farmers of the South of Italy after the unification of Italy in 1861. The other two newly-proclaimed saints are a Spaniard and a French missionary: The Spanish Bishop of Palencia Manuel González García, who died in 1940 and in his lifetime founded the Congregation of the Eucharistic Missionaries of Nazareth. He nurtured a strong devotion to the Eucharist and became known as the “Bishop of the Tabernacle”. Finally, the French Discalced Carmelite mystic and writer Elizabeth of the Trinity who died aged just 26 in 1906 from Addison’s disease. She devoted her life to the salvation of souls and to the dejected.
At the Angelus, recited after the canonization of 80,000 faithful, seven figures who dedicated their time to the suffering, the Pope sent out a heartfelt appeal on social issues, calling for serious labour policies because poverty is degrading and kills people. “Let us join moral and economic forces to fight poverty, which is degrading, offends and kills so many brothers and sisters, by implementing serious family and labour policies,” the Pope urged ahead of the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty tomorrow. “The theme chosen for the Day (“Human Rights and the Dignity of Peoples Living in Poverty”) echoes what was proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted sixty years ago, which said that ‘everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family’.” “Let us entrust all of our prayer intentions to the Virgin Mary, especially our constant and heartfelt prayers for peace.”
taken from http://www.lastampa.it/2016/10/16/vaticaninsider/eng/the-vatican/we-must-pray-not-to-win-by-war-but-to-win-with-peace-hqgckD9ilLigQVUNApglKN/pagina.html