Sunday, November 22, 2015

Living the revolution of tenderness, like Mary

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

November 22 – Virgin of Quinche (Equador)

Living the revolution of tenderness, like Mary

We are asked to live the revolution of tenderness as Mary, our Mother of Charity, did. We are invited to “leave home” and to open our eyes and hearts to others.

Our revolution comes about through tenderness, through the joy which always becomes closeness and compassionand leads us to get involved in, and to serve, the life of others.

Our faith makes us leave our homes and go forth to encounter others, to share their joys, their hopes and their frustrations.

Our faith, “calls us out of our house,” to visit the sick, the prisoner and to those who mourn. It makes us able to laugh with those who laugh, and rejoice with our neighbors who rejoice.

Like Mary, we want to be a Church which serves, which leaves home and goes forth, which goes forth from its chapels, forth from its sacristies, in order to accompany life, to sustain hope, to be the sign of unity of a noble and worthy people.

Like Mary, Mother of Charity, we want to be a Church which goes forth to build bridges, to break down walls, to sow seeds of reconciliation.

Like Mary, we want to be a Church which can accompany all those “pregnant” situations of our people, committed to life, to culture, to society, not washing our hands but rather walking together with our brothers and sisters.

Pope Francis
Excerpt from Homily in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine “Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre,” Santiago de Cuba, September 22, 2015