» 06/03/2012 VATICAN - ITALY Pope: Family, work, celebration, three gifts of God to build a society with a human face, in a world by Bernardo Cervellera Benedict XVI celebrates mass at the end of the VII World Meeting of Families. Man and woman, made 'in the image of God "are fruitful in generating children, but also in transforming the world through work, profit does not dominate, and celebration that is meeting, sharing, relationships with nature and celebration with God . Next World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia (USA).
(AsiaNews) - "Family,
work, celebration: three of God's gifts, three dimensions of our lives that
must be brought into a harmonious balance " of " work schedules with family demands, professional
life with motherhood, work with celebration", because it "is important for
building up a society with a human face", which "always
gives priority to the logic of being over that of having: the first builds up,
the second ends up destroying." Benedict
XVI summed up the message of the VII World Meeting of Families, which concludes
today with Mass in the airfield in the esplanade of Bresso (North Park). The esplanade
- defined by the archbishop of Milan, Cardinal. Angelo
Scola, "an open-air church" - gathered at least 400,000 faithful,
along with hundreds of bishops and priests, in addition to 6 thousand
representatives who attended the Meeting from May 30 until today. The
rally, organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, had as its theme
"The Family: Work and Celebration".
his homily, the pope reflected on the identity of the first family, that is the
image of God, the Holy Trinity: "been given the task of building church communities that are more and
more like families, able to reflect the beauty of the Trinity and to evangelize
not only by word, but I would say by "radiation", in the strength of living love. It is
not only the Church that is called to be the image of One God in Three Persons,
but also the family, based on marriage between man and woman".
identity of the family has fruitful consequences for families themselves and for society: " Dear married couples - continued the pope -, Dear married couples, in living out your marriage you are not giving
each other any particular thing or activity, but your whole lives. And your
love is fruitful first and foremost for yourselves, because you desire and
accomplish one another's good, you experience the joy of receiving and giving. It
is also fruitful in your generous and responsible procreation of children, in
your attentive care for them, and in their vigilant and wise education. And
lastly, it is fruitful for society, because family life is the first and
irreplaceable school of social virtues, such as respect for persons, gratuitousness,
trust, responsibility, solidarity, cooperation. Dear married couples, watch
over your children and, in a world dominated by technology, transmit to them,
with serenity and trust, reasons for living, the strength of faith, pointing
them towards high goals and supporting them in their fragility".
families also means "maintaining
a constant relationship with God and participating in the life of the Church,
by cultivating dialogue, respecting the other's point of view, by being ready
for service and patient with the failings of others, by being able to forgive
and to seek forgiveness, by overcoming with intelligence and humility any
conflicts that may arise, by agreeing on principles of upbringing, and by being
open to other families, attentive towards the poor, and responsible within
civil society. "
XVI did not forget the divorced and separated, those "who, even though they agree with the Church's teachings on the family,
have had painful experiences of breakdown and separation"."I want you to know - he added - that the Pope and the Church support you in your struggle. I encourage
you to remain united to your communities, and I earnestly hope that your
dioceses are developing suitable initiatives to welcome and accompany you."
man and woman "in the image of God" means cooperating with God to
"change the world through work, science and technology". " In modern economic theories - says
the Pope - there is often a
utilitarian concept of work, production and the market. Yet God's plan, as well
as experience, show that the one-sided logic of sheer utility and maximum
profit are not conducive to harmonious development, to the good of the family
or to building a more just society, because it brings in its wake ferocious
competition, strong inequalities, degradation of the environment, the race for
consumer goods, family tensions. Indeed, the utilitarian mentality tends to
take its toll on personal and family relationships, reducing them to a fragile
convergence of individual interests and undermining the solidity of the social
as the image of God, is also called to rest and to celebrate."
us Christians - said Benedict XVI - the feast day is Sunday, the Lord's day, the weekly Easter. It is the
day of the Church, the assembly convened by the Lord around the table of the
word and of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, just as we are doing today, in order to
feed on him, to enter into his love and to live by his love. It is the day of
man and his values: conviviality, friendship, solidarity, culture, closeness to
nature, play, sport. It is the day of the family, on which to experience
together a sense of celebration, encounter, sharing, not least through taking
part in Mass. Dear families, despite the relentless rhythms of the modern
world, do not lose a sense of the Lord's Day! It is like an oasis in which to
pause, so as to taste the joy of encounter and to quench our thirst for God. "
concluded: " Family, work, celebration: three of God's gifts, three dimensions of our
lives that must be brought into a harmonious balance. Harmonizing work
schedules with family demands, professional life with motherhood, work with
celebration, is important for building up a society with a human face. In this
regard, always give priority to the logic of being over that of having: the
first builds up, the second ends up destroying".
of Mass, before praying the
Angelus, Benedict XVI thanked all the organizers of Milan, and announced that the next World Meeting of Families will take place in Philadelphia (USA). "I am pleased to announce - he said -
that the next World Meeting of Families will take place in 2015, in Philadelphia, United States of America. I greet the Archbishop of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles Chaput,
and thank him right now for having
offered to host the event. "
And in his greetings in Italian he concluded: "Dear families in Milan, Lombardy, Italy and the
whole world, I greet you all with affection and thank you for your participation.
I encourage you to always be in solidarity with the families who are experiencing greater
difficulties, I think of the
economic and social crisis, I think
of the recent earthquake in Emilia. May the Virgin Mary
always accompany and support you.