26 May, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 06/30/2013
VATICAN
Pope: we must listen more to our conscience as Benedict XVI does, not to whatever suits or pleases us
During the Angelus, Francis stressed the value of conscience in Jesus, who was not "remote-controlled" but decided in "obedience to the Father", together with Him. With his renunciation, even Benedict XVI "gave us a great example of this, when the Lord had made it clear, in prayer, what step he had to take." A Christian who does not speak with God is not free.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "We must learn to listen more to our conscience. Be careful however, this does not mean we must follow our ego, do whatever interests us, whatever suits us, whatever pleases us . . .," Pope Francis told the tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus.

The pontiff was inspired by today's Gospel (Luke, 9:51-62), which shows Jesus taking the "steadfast decision to journey to Jerusalem" in order "to complete his mission of salvation."

"From that moment," the pontiff added, "after the steadfast decision, Jesus goes straight to the finish. Even to the people he meets who ask him if they can follow him, he clearly says what the conditions are: not having a permanent abode; detaching themselves from human affections, [and] not giving in to nostalgia for the past."

"But Jesus also said to his disciples, charged with preceding him in his journey to Jerusalem to announce His coming, not to impose anything. If they do not find people willing to host him, they should proceed further, move on."

Speaking ad-lib, the pontiff added, "Jesus is humble; he never imposes. If you want, follow him; He never imposes. "

"All this makes us think. It tells us, for example, the importance that, even for Jesus, conscience had: listening in one's heart to the Father's voice and follow it. Jesus, in his earthly life, was not, so to speak, "remote-controlled". He was the Word made flesh, the Son of God made man, and at one point took a steadfast decision to go up to Jerusalem for the last time; a decision taken in good conscience, not on His own but together with the Father, in full union with Him!  He decided in obedience to the Father, deeply attuned and intimately listening to his will. For this reason, the decision was steadfast for it was taken together with the Father. And in the Father, Jesus found the strength and the light for his journey."

"And Jesus," the pope said again ad-lib, "was free. In his dialogue with the Father, he was free. Jesus does not want Christians who are not free, who do not speak with God or are 'remote controlled'. If a Christian does not know how to speak with God, he is not free".

"So we also must learn to listen more to our conscience. Be careful however, this does not mean we ought to follow our ego, do whatever interests us, whatever suits us, whatever pleases us. That is not conscience. Conscience is the inner space in which we can listen to and hear the truth, the good, God's voice. It is the inner place of our relationship with Him, who speaks to our heart and helps us discern, understand the path we ought to take, and once the decision is made, move forward, and remain faithful."

As an example of obedience to God and conscience, Francis Pope cited a special witness, "a wonderful example," Pope Benedict XVI, whose name, when the pontiff mentioned it, elicited a long round of applause.

"Pope Benedict XVI," Francis noted, "has given us a great example in this respect. When the Lord made it clear, in prayer, what was the step he had to take, he followed, with a great sense of discernment and courage, his conscience, that is, the will of God that spoke to his heart-and this example of our father does much good to all of us, as an example to follow."

"Our Lady," he said in conclusion, "with great simplicity, listened to and meditated deep within herself upon the Word of God and what was happening to Jesus. She followed her son deep conviction with steadfast hope. May Mary help us become more and more men and women of conscience-free in our conscience, because it is in conscience that the dialogue with God is given-men and women able to hear the voice of God and follow it with decision."

After the Angelus, Francis noted that today the world is celebrating the 'Day for the charity of the Pope' in which offerings are collected for the of the pope's pastoral work. The pope thanked bishops and parishes, "especially the poorest ones, for the prayers and offerings that support the many pastoral initiatives and charitable activities of the Successor of Peter in every part of the world. Thank you all!"


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
07/11/2010 VATICAN
Pope: "our neighbour" is anyone in need, “especially the most marginalised"
03/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Holy Week, God’s way is humility, it is Jesus’ way, and “we will take this path”
02/08/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The exploitation of people is "a shameful wound, unworthy of a civilized society"
01/04/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Men talk about light but often prefer the deceiving quiet of darkness
09/07/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Words can kill, it’s not Christian to insult or gossip!

Editor's choices
ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo CervelleraThe "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta AllevatoMetropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also has a Church connection with the People's Republic recognising the latter’s 'political' role in Russia.
VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "Francis proclaims four religious sisters saints: one French, one Italian, two Palestinians: Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, the foundress of the Sisters of the Rosary, and the Carmelite Maria of Crucified Jesus (nee Maria Bawardy). Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority present. "Abiding in Christ" and cultivating “unity among us" are essential signs of witness. Maria Bawardy, "instrument of encounter and communion with the Muslim world".

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.