More than an Audience

Audience


Rome, 15 May 2019

Today the day started a little earlier than usual. And in a different way than usual: today we went to the audience with the Pope. It was 7 o'clock in the morning and the group of people forming a queue was already until the church of Santa Ana. In that queue there was joy, celebration, church, encounter. People from different places, newlyweds with their wedding attire, families with children, elderly people in wheelchairs, school groups with colored caps ... people with whom we already felt close to, with whom we hoped to be able to reach the Plaza San Pedro for the day’s encounter: the meeting with Francis.
At 9:10 a.m. the Pope has appeared in the square, in the open carriage, with 8 children from Libya who arrived through the humanitarian corridors. Days before, in the Marian prayer of Regina Coeli, on Sunday, April 28, he said: "I invite you to join my prayer for the refugees who are in detention centers in Libya, whose situation, which is already very serious, becomes even more dangerous due to the ongoing conflict. I appeal for the special evacuation of women, children and sick people as soon as possible through humanitarian corridors. " Today, a simple gesture, or a great gesture?


And 9:30 the audience began. In the catechesis he spoke about the last invocation of the Our Father: "Deliver us from evil". The original Greek verb is very strong, the Pope said, it evokes the presence of the evil, one who tends to grab and bite us and from which God is asked to set us free. The apostle Paul says that the evil one, the devil, is around us like a furious lion, ready to devour us and we ask God to set us free. "With this double appeal: 'do not abandon us' and 'deliver us', an essential characteristic of Christian prayer emerges. Jesus teaches his friends to put the invocation of the Father before everything, including and above all in the moments when the evil one makes his threatening presence felt. " In fact, the Pope added, Christian prayer is a filial prayer and not a childish prayer. It is not that the paternity of God is so exalted so that we forget that the way of man is full of difficulties.
Before concluding his catechesis, Francis greeted the Spanish-speaking pilgrims telling us: "I encourage you to pray with renewed spirit the prayer that the Lord left us, and to teach it to all those around you, so that, recognizing God as Father, He may grant us peace, the most precious gift of the Risen One, stronger than any evil. "
As I was greeting the pilgrims from the different languages I sent a different message. Could it mean that the love of God is the same and different for each of us?
And after the catechesis, the moment of the encounter with him. A real privilege. We greeted each other and he talked with Graciela Francovig, who explained who we were: a meeting between two Argentinians. He knows us from Argentina and told us with great affection that we continue to work so well. He has been interested in vocations and wanted to greet in a special way "the General whom you have thrown out" giving free rein to his particular charm, wishing her now a well-deserved rest.
It has been a simple meeting that has left all these resonances in us:
It gave me great joy that the “Congregadas” could meet with Francis and have a warm and fraternal encounter with him. He thanked the Congregation for everything we do and for how much we work. He has left us his spirit and his joy.
Graciela


The first thing that comes to me is to be able to thank God and the sisters who organized this moment. I have experienced the joy of meeting the Universal Church ... how many different faces, cultures, languages! All a wealth.
Having Pope Francis so close has been a joy, a great emotion. To appreciate his closeness, his good humor, how simple he is and his words of appreciation and encouragement: "Keep doing good".

Committed to continue praying the Our Father as a filial prayer, knowing that it helps us to keep the lamps of faith lit, the meditation of the Word of God and the expression of love in the works of mercy.

Marlene

I loved the diversity of languages together. I felt the communion between us and with the others. I was fascinated by normality and humanity of Francis, he reminded me in his meeting with us that fraternity is made of small details that generate enjoyment, joy and communion.

Melba


An experience of union and communion. And with us the whole Congregational Body. We were all there, as we are all in GC the Pope transmits joy and gospel.


Mª Carmen
It was a celebration of universal communion.
Yolanda
Encounter, joy, simplicity, depth, closeness, warmth, communion. Pure gospel.
Beatriz


San Pedro parecía una fiesta. Saludaban a unos y otros y respondíamos como si fuéramos nosotros, era la fiesta de la Iglesia universal. La cercanía del Papa, su sonrisa, su estar entre nosotras a gusto y distendido… un encanto. Sentimientos de gratitud.

St. Peter’s looked like a party. They greeted each other and we responded as we were, the feast of the universal Church. The closeness of the Pope, his smile, his being among us at ease and relaxed ... a charm. Feelings of gratitude.


Teresa
The experience has been one of pure grace.
Patricia
He is close like a brother of the family
Sofía


My experience was to confirm that FRANCIS is close and SPONTANEOUS
Mati

It was an exciting experience of universalism, I resonated with his closeness, simplicity and telling us that he thanked us for what we do. Likewise the reflection on the last invocation of the Our Father "deliver us from evil": it is not enough to ask God not to allow us to fall into temptation, but we must be freed from an evil that tries to devour us, and Christian prayer is aware of this the reality that surrounds us and puts this plea to God at the center ... Jesus also lived it before beginning his passion, he prayed to God to turn that cup away from him, but he put his will in the hands of his Father. In that obedience he experienced not only loneliness, but contempt and cruelty; not only death, but a death on a cross. However, Jesus gives us an example of how this evil is overcome, he asked Peter to sheath the sword, he assured the repentant thief of paradise and he begged the Father for forgiveness for those who condemned him. From that forgiveness that overcomes evil, our hope is born. What a message this suggests for our life! I ask the Father to give us the same attitudes of Jesus to overcome evil by forgiveness and love. Thank you.


Pola

The rain has not prevented us from feeling the warmth transmitted by the Pope. Close, simple, deep. Benefit from everything to take us to God. I really enjoyed today in the audience.


Julia
It has been a great joy to have participated today in the audience of the Pope; I have felt his closeness and I liked his message about the Our Father.
Yajaira

When I touched the hands of the Pope I felt that I was touching something sacred that has warmed my heart.

Felisa

I have felt a living, close and diverse church that expresses with gestures, joy and union.

Marian


The Church is plural and universal. The Vatican was flooded with color and flavor with the meeting of the Pope with the Hijas de Jesus. In the meeting he showed us his sympathy, closeness and good humor.


Rosa

The morning of this Wednesday was significant in two moments. The small journey that we made as a group of Hijas de Jesus, from the metro to the Plaza de San Pedro in the middle of a crowd of people, coming from different parts of the world. To walk feeling ourselves joined by so many people, that like us, were going to see the Pope. And then, the meeting with the Pope. His joy and simplicity filled me with consolation. Through the person of Francis, I felt that the Good Shepherd walked in the middle of his people.

Dayse

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