Pope Francis created a special density in the atmosphere of the Angelus prayer, an invocation addressed to the world and to the thousands of worshippers in St. Peter’s Square. With the tone of a statesman, he assured from the Vatican: “Do not believe that politics is reserved only to the political leaders, because we are all responsible for the city life, for the common good”.
Also, at the first Mass of the year the Holy Father spoke about a world “increasingly divided” and in which many people suffer from loneliness. He encouraged to face the future with a “maternal” vision for equality and harmony.
The contact with the Supreme Pontiff during the end of the New Year´s Eve and the beginning of 2019 was nourished by messages and rhetorical threads connected at different levels. He warned that we live in a world that “is totally connected but seems to be more and more divided”.
The Head of the Catholic Church reviewed his petition for the spiritual transformation of the parishioners. He marked his message about the need to collaborate for the good of humanity.: “Do not believe that politics is reserved only for the political leaders, because we are all responsible for the city life, for the common good “.
“Politics is good insofar as each one does his part in the service of peace,” he said.
Francis asked the Catholics again to be “artisans of peace” and this, he said, “begins at home, in the family, every day of the new year.”
During the first Mass of the year, Pope Francis called believers in Christ to ponder how to change a world that “is becoming more disunited” and in which many people suffer from loneliness He encouraged them to face the future with a “maternal” vision for equality and concord.
Each New Year, the Church commemorates the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Therefore, the role of mothers in the world and in the Catholic Church was the central theme of his homily.
From St. Peter´s Basilica, Pope Francis said that “we need to learn from mothers that heroism resides in surrendering ourselves completely, strength in being merciful and that wisdom means meekness.”
Jorge Mario Bergoglio pointed out that “mothers take their children by the hand and they lead them to life with love” but he warned that they often “go on their own, lose their way, think they are strong and go astray. They think they are free and become slaves. ”
“How many people, forgetting the maternal affection, live angrily and are indifferent to everything. How many people, unfortunately, react to everything and everyone, with poison and evil. Sometimes, being evil seems even a sign of strength. But it’s just weakness, “he said.
The Argentine´s formula is to extend a “maternal look” in a world in which, he lamented, “there is a lot of dispersion and loneliness around us, even though it is now easier to communicate. This is an evident contradiction”.
“The world is totally connected, but it seems increasingly divided. We need to trust our Mother, ” he invited.
To assume that vision, to join the “heroism of giving oneself” to our fellow men is fundamental. Pope Francis believes that “a world that looks to the future without a maternal gaze is short-sighted”.
In a world like that, “We can increase the benefits, but we will not know how to see men as children anymore. We will have profits, but they will not be for everyone. We will live in the same house, but not as brothers. The human family is based on mothers” he said.
Translated by: José Espinoza