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Pope: The Eucharist is the sacrament that heals our memory, wounded by a frantic life
Pope Francis celebrated the Corpus Domini Mass this Sunday following the Italian, not the Vatican liturgical calendar. Today, if we leave “our memories behind [. . .] living only for the moment, we risk remaining ever on the surface of things”. The Eucharist is a “living remembrance that comforts us with God’s love”. It “is not a sacrament ‘for me’; it is the sacrament of the many, who form one body”. The procession made its way from St John Lateran to Saint Mary Major. The canopy with the ostensory was followed by the "holy faithful people of God".
Pope at St. John Lateran: A time of great forgiveness begins. Joy, despite "great oppression and violence"
Pope Francis opens Holy Door in the Cathedral of Rome, at the very same moment as cathedrals around the world. "We cannot let ourselves be overcome by fatigue" or "sadness" when faced with the "multiple forms of violence that wound our humanity". Do works of justice and "look to the needs of those in need”. Christians are called to a "more radical commitment": to "be an instrument of mercy", to "witness a love that goes beyond justice, a love that knows no bounds."
Pope: Though sinners, we are not just numbers for God, we are what is most dear to Him
On Divine Mercy Sunday, John Paul II, Pope Francis celebrates the installation Mass as Bishop of Rome in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. From now on the square in front of the Vicariate will be known as "John Paul II Square". The "patient mercy of God" towards Thomas, Peter, the disciples of Emmaus, the prodigal son. The "style of God" is patience. The "courage to return to Him .. whatever the mistake, whatever the sin in our lives." Welcoming the sacraments with faith.
Pope: solidarity is placing all that we have at God and neighbor’s disposal, to follow Jesus
Celebrating the Mass for Corpus Domini, Francis warns against the temptation to not take upon ourselves the needs of others, "dismissing them with a pitiful: 'God help you.' But Jesus’ solution goes in another direction, he "feeds the crowd that had come to hear him. "In the Eucharist makes us follow His path, that of service, of sharing, of giving – and what little we have, what little we are, if shared, becomes wealth, because the power of God, which is that of love, descends into our poverty to transform it".
The Eucharist celebrates the deepest revolution of human history
Benedict XVI celebrates Corpus Domini with a Mass in St John Lateran ending in a procession and a Eucharistic blessing on the parvis of Saint Mary Major. The Eucharist celebrates the unity in Christ of people of all ages, social conditions and opinions. Christ helps us get up from out paralyses and gives direction to our “progress”. Worship frees us from the slavery of earthly powers, prostrating ourselves before the One who first prostrated himself out of love for us.
Washing of the feet embodies the love of Jesus that purifies man
God's love knows no bounds but can be refused as did Judas who valued Jesus in terms of power and success and for whom only power and success were real and love did not count.
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