I’ve been given a great gift, as I’ll be receiving bulletins directly from the Vatican Press Office with the English translations of the Holy Father’s daily homilies at Casa Santa Marta, and his other important meetings and addresses as well.
Of course, that means I’ll be sharing that gift with you.
Today, Pope Francis met with the General Chapter of the Congregation of Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Claretians) whom he received this morning in audience in the Consistory Hall.
One of the things he said really struck a cord with me, as I and my husband belong to an ecclesial movement community. But, the Holy Father’s word reach further, beyond an orchestrated community and to each one of us, who all belong to the greater community of the Church.
His advice to look to the past with gratitude, live the present with passion, and embrace the future with hope make excellent fodder for our daily meditation.
During his address to the Claretians, Pope Francis said:
“’Looking to the past with gratitude’ means thanking God for the witness of many of your brethren who, supported by their faith, live their vocation with profound joy – in some cases unto martyrdom. It also means recognising the mysterious hand of the Lord who, despite our weakness and our inconstancy, continues to work miracles through His Church. ‘Living the present with passion’ is basing your missionary programme on the spirit of St. Antonio Maria Claret whose motto, on his episcopal coat of arms, is ‘Caritas Christi urget nos’. Loving as Jesus loved must infuse all of our choices in life and in pastoral ministry. ‘Embracing the future with hope’ means not allowing ourselves to be held back by disillusionment. Do not be afraid. It is the Lord who sends you. Always keep your eyes on those who await the announcement, those who need His witness to feel the merciful presence of God in their lives”.
Let’s resolve to reflect on all the gifts God has given us, to live today with passion, and to move into the future with hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
May God bless you and all that you do!