by SrDeniseSickinger | Jun 23, 2021 | Accompaniment, Ad maiorem Dei gloriam and the salvation of souls!, Children, Family MInistry, Grandparents, Love, Messages of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, Teens and Young AdultsPope to the elderly: God sends his angels to console your loneliness Pope Francis reassures the elderly that God is always with them in his message for the first-ever World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. He also reminds them of their vocation to preserve our roots and to pass on the faith to the younger ones. By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ Pope Francis on Tuesday released a message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly ahead of the date of the celebration which is scheduled for 25 July. The theme chosen by the Pope for the inaugural commemoration is “I am with you always” (Mt 28: 30). The Holy Father addressed the theme from the Gospel of Matthew to all Grandparents and the elderly, reminding them that this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. “The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!” the Pope said, identifying with the elderly, as one of them. Comfort amid the pandemic The Pope’s message comes amid the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic that...
by SrDeniseSickinger | Apr 24, 2021 | a current event, Accompaniment, Ad maiorem Dei gloriam and the salvation of souls!, Devotion to Mary, Faith, Mary Mother of God, Messages of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, Prayer IntentionsThe strength of a people who believe in what they pray for The Marian marathon convened by Pope Francis for the month of May to pray for an end to the pandemic brings to the fore the power of prayer in times of danger, and in particular, the intercession of the Virgin, to whom Christians have had recourse since the dawn of the Gospel. By Alessandro De Carolis Defeating the invisible nemesis that slowly extinguishes your capacity to breathe in a hospital room – or perhaps in the street because there simply isn’t a hospital that will take you in – and believing you can do so by getting down on your knees. This might seem a solution more suited to times in which ancient collective superstitions competed with the fresh words of the Gospel, rather than to an era like ours in which individualism exhibited everywhere tends to debase the sense of community action, especially if it as intangible as the spiritual. A promise In reality, to dispel doubts and misgivings about the efficacy of shared prayer, it is enough to read Matthew 18: 19, which contains Jesus’ assurance that: “If two of you agree on earth about anything...
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