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“Consolation for a mother” is the topic Pope Francis has addressed in today’s papal audience, held in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican: the Pope has read and commented on the passage from the Gospel according to Luke about the resurrection of the son of the widow of Nain.

“God created us to stand on our feet – Francis said -. The key word is rise, stand on your feet, as God created you.” However, the heart of this story, the Pope explained, is not the miracle in itself, but “Jesus’ tenderness towards the mother of this boy. A woman who had already lost her husband and now accompanies her only son. The mother’s great pain moves Jesus and causes the miracle of the resurrection.”

Touching the coffin of the young man, Bergoglio said, Jesus decides to face death head on, “and he will definitely face it, head on, on the Cross.” “During this Jubilee – Francis goes on to say – it would be a good thing if pilgrims kept in mind this episode of the Gospel happened on Nain door while walking through the Holy Door, the Gate of Mercy. When Jesus saw this mother in tears, she entered his heart! Everyone reaches the Holy Door with their own life experience, with their own joys and sufferings, projects and failures, doubts and fears, to put it at the mercy of the Lord.”

“This is the door where the pain of humanity meets the compassion of God – the Pope has concluded -. Consider the following words: a meeting between the pain of humanity and the compassion of God. When we step on the threshold, we make our pilgrimage into the mercy of God who, as the dead boy, is telling everyone: ‘I tell you, arise!'”

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