Pope Francis On World Day of Peace: "We ask how long human evil will continue to sow violence and hatred in our world, reaping innocent victims?"
By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com
January 1, 2016


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In his Homily at Mass on New years Day, WORLD DAY OF PEACE, which was also a Holy Day of Obligation for the 'SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD,' (where Catholcis must attend Mass as on Sunday obligation,) Pope Francis said in his homily: (Excerpts:)

"...The fullness of time, then, is the presence of God himself in our history. Now we can see his glory, which shines forth in the poverty of a stable; we can be encouraged and sustained by his Word, made �little� in a baby. Thanks to him, our time can find its fullness. The use of our personal time can also find its fullness in the encounter with Jesus Christ, God made man.

"Nonetheless, this mystery constantly clashes with the dramatic experience of human history. Each day, as we seek to be sustained by the signs of God�s presence, we encounter new signs to the contrary, negative signs which tend to make us think instead that he is absent. The fullness of time seems to fade before the countless forms of injustice and violence which daily wound our human family. Sometimes we ask ourselves how it is possible that human injustice persists unabated, and that the arrogance of the powerful continues to demean the weak, relegating them to the most squalid outskirts of our world. We ask how long human evil will continue to sow violence and hatred in our world, reaping innocent victims. How can the fullness of time have come when we are witnessing hordes of men, women and children fleeing war, hunger and persecution, ready to risk their lives simply to encounter respect for their fundamental rights? A torrent of misery, swollen by sin, seems to contradict the fullness of time brought by Christ. Remember, dear pueri cantores, this was the third question you asked me yesterday: how do we explain this� even children are aware of this.

"And yet this swollen torrent is powerless before the ocean of mercy which floods our world. All of us are called to immerse ourselves in this ocean, to let ourselves be reborn, to overcome the indifference which blocks solidarity, and to leave behind the false neutrality which prevents sharing. The grace of Christ, which brings our hope of salvation to fulfilment, leads us to cooperate with him in building an ever more just and fraternal world, a world in which every person and every creature can dwell in peace, in the harmony of God�s original creation.

"At the beginning of a new year, the Church invites us to contemplate Mary�s divine maternity as an icon of peace. The ancient promise finds fulfilment in her person. She believed in the words of the angel, conceived her Son and thus became the Mother of the Lord. Through her, through her �yes�, the fullness of time came about. The Gospel we have just heard tells us that the Virgin Mary �treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart� (Lk 2:19). She appears to us as a vessel filled to the brim with the memory of Jesus, as the Seat of Wisdom to whom we can have recourse to understand his teaching aright. Today Mary makes it possible for us to grasp the meaning of events which affect us personally, events which also affect our families, our countries and the entire world. Where philosophical reason and political negotiation cannot arrive, there the power of faith, which brings the grace of Christ�s Gospel, can arrive, opening ever new pathways to reason and to negotiation.

"Blessed are you, Mary, for you gave the Son of God to our world. But even more blessed are you for having believed in him. Full of faith, you conceived Jesus first in your heart and then in your womb, and thus became the Mother of all believers (cf. Saint Augustine, Sermo 215,4). Send us, O Mother, your blessing on this day consecrated to your honour. Show us the face of Jesus your Son, who bestows upon the entire world mercy and peace. Amen."

[You can read the full homily here.]


At his address in St. Peter's Square after Mass, Pope Francis continued to talk about peace. He said "We have, thank God, much information; but sometimes we are so inundated with news that we are distracted from reality, from the brother and sister who needs us: let us begin to open our hearts, awakening attention to the next. This is the way to win the peace."

Vatican radio reports:

"Pope Francis renewed his calls for peace and goodwill throughout the Earth on Friday, New Year�s Day, the Solemnity of the Mother of God and the World Day of Peace. The Holy Father�s appeal came at the Angelus prayer with pilgrims and visitors gathered in St. Peter�s Square after Mass in St. Peter�s Basilica. "Today we celebrate the World Day of Peace, whose theme is: 'Overcome Indifference and win Peace'," said Pope Francis. "That peace, which God the Father wants to sow in the world, must be cultivated by us,� he continued. �Not only: it must also be 'conquered'. This involves a real struggle, a spiritual battle that takes place in our hearts, for the enemy of peace is not only war, but also indifference, which makes us think only of ourselves and creates barriers, suspicions, fears and closures [of mind and heart]."

Video of the Pope's address is here

Vatican radio link: here.

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