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Saints Are People Who Belong Entirely to God – Catholic News Service

Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the recitation of the Angelus, the Pope said saints are people who belong entirely to God, they carry the seal of God in their lives and on their persons.

Pointing out that we are all children of God and that we received the seal of our heavenly father with the sacrament of Baptism, Pope Francis said that saints are those who have lived their lives in the grace of Baptism, keeping that seal intact, behaving like children of God, trying to imitate Jesus.

“Saints – Pope Francis continued – are examples to imitate”. And noting that saints are not only those who have been canonized, but can be anyone from next door neighbors, to members of our own families or others we have met as we live our ordinary lives, the Pope said we must be grateful to them and to God for having given them to us as examples of how to live and die in fidelity to God and to the Gospel.

“How many good people have we met in our lives; how often do we exclaim: ‘this person is a saint!’… These are the saints who live next door, not the ones who are canonized, but the ones who live with us” he said.

Imitating their gestures of love and mercy, he said, is a bit like perpetrating their presence in this world. Acts of tenderness, of generous help, of closeness can appear insignificant, but in God’s eyes they are eternal, “because love and mercy are stronger than death” he said.

After the recitation of the Angelus prayer the Pope reminded the faithful that on Sunday afternoon he will travel to Rome’s Verano Cemetery where he will celebrate Holy Mass in memory of the dead.

The Pope said that by visiting the city’s main cemetery he intends to spiritually join all those who in these days will be praying on the tombs of their loved ones in every part of the world.

 

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Pope’s Gesture Demonstrates God’s Love

By:   Mitch Carnell
Posted:   Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:46 am
Section:   EthicsDaily.com’s Latest Articles

                                                                      

                    

God loves all           children – those who are well and those who have some challenging           condition. Pope Francis compounded his busy Easter duties to           demonstrate God’s amazing love, Carnell says.

When Pope Francis     kissed Dominic Gondreau, a boy with cerebral palsy, on Easter Sunday, he     sent a powerful message that needs to be amplified over and over again.

God loves all     children – those who are well and those who have some challenging     condition. Pope Francis compounded his busy Easter duties to demonstrate     God’s amazing love.

Throughout my     professional career as a clinician and as an administrator providing     services for those with disabilities, I was met constantly with expressions     such as, “If God had not wanted him this way, he would not have been     born this way. It is a sin to interfere with God’s plan.”

I met these opinions     often from members of every economic, racial and religious distinction. A     few examples:

●         While talking with the very affluent parents of a child with a stuttering     disorder, the father attributed his daughter’s problem to punishment for     his and the mother’s failure to attend church regularly and to tithe their     income.

●         I confronted a professional colleague who held an advanced degree from a     prestigious university about her statement that the person’s hearing     impairment was due to his lack of finding true faith in Jesus.

●         Parents of children with cerebral palsy subjected their children to     traveling faith healers and were devastated when nothing changed.

These were difficult     situations for me. I did not approach them lightly.

I never knowingly     want to dishonor another person’s faith or interfere with his or her     beliefs in God. My usual approach was to gently refer people back to their     clergy person or an appropriate counselor.

On those occasions     when I did feel it appropriate to respond, I said, “I can only tell     you what I know to be true. God loves you and your loved one (son, daughter,     parent). God wants the best life for your child that it is possible for her     or him to have. God has empowered scientists, researchers, doctors and     therapists with the abilities to search for and deliver the best care     possible.”

Of course, some     disabilities are the tragic, natural consequences of behaviors by the     person herself, himself or the parent, but these are not judgments from     God. These are predictable outcomes.

The question I never     tried to answer for anyone is, “Why does God answer some prayers and     not answer others?”

The best I could do     was to assure them that God knows far more about the situation than any of     us. This is where trust and faith come in.

Sometimes I had the     presence of mind and heart to say nothing at all. I had rather err on the     side of silence than to speak and do harm. I prayed for God’s guidance on     when to speak and when to remain silent.

When my wife was in     intensive care, prayers went up for her around the globe.

She grew up in the     Philippines, the daughter of missionaries. Each time I was permitted in to     see her, I told her about all of the people and groups praying for her.

I do not know     whether she heard me or not, but I do know that just telling her about them     strengthened me.

Prayers are answered     in many ways and not always in the manner of our petition. Jesus gave us     the perfect example of that when he prayed, “But not my will, but     thine be done.”

In an article in Parade magazine, Robin Roberts, the ABC anchor,     said that before her bone marrow transplant, her doctor prayed and that     gave her added strength.

As I have struggled     with these issues, both personally and with those I have tried to help, I     have landed securely on the spot where I started as a child.

God is love, and     that love encompasses me and everyone else. There is no one outside the     love of God.

I pray that those     with disabilities and their loved ones take peace and comfort from that     assurance.

I am grateful to     Pope Francis for his magnificent gesture, which symbolizes God’s abundant     love.

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Archbishop Dolan Elevated to Cardinal

Last year Archbishop Dolan of New York endorsed Say Something Nice Sunday. On Saturday, February 18, 2012 Archbishop Dolan was elevated by Pope Benedict XVI to Cardinal.

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Pope Urges Ethical Unity on Issues

Pope decries growing ‘aversion’ to Christianity, urges Christians to unite on ethical issues

Jan 25, 2010 14:17 EST

ALESSANDRA TARANTINO

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a Vespers ceremony at St. Paul outside the walls’ Basilica in Rome, Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

He urged Christians to overcome their differences through dialogue so that they can unite their efforts to influence debates in society on ethical issues like abortion, euthanasia and the limits of science and technology.

Benedict was leading a Vespers service in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to mark the end of a week that the Vatican each year dedicates to prayers for Christian unity.

The pontiff has made better relations among Christians an important aim of his papacy.

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