DREAMING IN COMMUNION WITH POPE FRANCIS

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On several occasions Pope Francis has expressed a deep desire: To have a restless Church, always closer to the abandoned, the forgotten, the imperfect; to have a happy Church with the face of a mother who understands, accompanies and caresses. He has also invited all those who form the People of God to dream of this Church, to believe in her, and to be creative so that She may be renewed in line with what God wants for the salvation of all people. Speaking of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Pope has invited her children to see themselves in her words, “I am the handmade of the Lord”, and to speak them with her.


Within this context, in order to contribute to the growth of the Missionary Church, we reflect upon the three sentiments that Pope Francis has presented. They are sources of interior strength which enable Christian life to really become a celebration rich with faith and enthusiasm: humility, unselfishness and beatitude.

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Humility: the root of this word is the Latin humus which means good soil. In nature good soil has nothing of itself, but it welcomes the sunshine, the rain and the seeds which eventually bear fruits. Basic humility in our life is that virtue which enables us to be like good soil in the presence of God: by ourselves we have nothing, but we welcome the sunshine of God’s love, we welcome the rain of his energy, we welcome all his gifts and bear fruits. Pope Francis has said that thanks to humility, we avoid to seek our glory and, imitating Christ, we seek the glory of God and the good of all.

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Unselfishness: In his message to the Church which is in Italy (Nov. 2015), quoting the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, n. 49, Pope Francis said: “Please, let us avoid shutting ourselves in structures that give us a false protection, in norms that are transformed in implacable judgments, in habits in which we feel tranquil”. In this statement Pope Francis meant to echo Saint Paul who wrote: “Let each of you look not only to his own interest, but also to the interests of others (Phil 2:4). Doing this enables us to avoid that kind of self-satisfaction which does not make room for God and others in our hearts. It also enables us to seek the happiness of all and be sensitive to the need of transforming this world into a better place to live in.

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Beatitude: Pope Francis has often proclaimed that when we open our hearts to the joy of the Gospel, we attain human and divine happiness and we become blessings for others. He has proclaimed that beatitude is first of all a great gift from God, through our friendship with Jesus, but it is also the fruit of our commitment in life made up of renunciations and of the giving of ourselves in love.

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May the Lord enable us to live in humility, unselfishness and beatitude so as to accomplish the mission we have been entrusted with by him.