After the summer break, the Pope gradually resumes his activities. On Thursday, September 8, he will start celebrating morning Mass in the church of St. Martha House again, in the presence of groups of faithful. It is an appointment the Pontiff is particularly attentive to, because it allows him to explain, in a simple way, the message of the Gospel.
Bergoglio is coming out of an exhausting weekend, which culminated in the Mass of Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The nun, who is also a Nobel laureate for peace, represents a “fortunate union between heroic exercise of charity and clear proclamation of the truth,” said card. Pietro Parolin in the Homily during the thanksgiving Mass. How can we “not re-read in the light of her life story,” said the Vatican secretary of state, words that “Pope Francis wrote in the Bull of Indiction of the Jubilee of mercy with regard to the ‘indifference that humiliates, habits that numb our mind and prevent it from discovering novelties. Let us open our eyes to see the miseries of the world!”
The cardinal told Mother Teresa’s life and spiritual journey, insisting on her defense of life, the “secret” of her life and the spiritual darkness she went through. He has also quoted the words she pronounced when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize: “It is very important for us to understand – Parolin quotes from mother Teresa’s speech held on 11 December 1979 in Oslo – that in order to be true, love has to hurt. It hurt Jesus to love us, it hurt him”, and benefactors:” I do not want you to give me from what is superfluous for you, I want you to give me until it hurts.”
“In my opinion – said Parolin -, these words are like a threshold. Once we cross it, we enter the abyss that surrounded the life of the saint, in the heights and in those depths that are difficult to explore because they closely imitate the suffering of Christ, his unconditional gift of love and the deepest wounds he had to suffer.” Mother Teresa, who is “in heaven now – said the secretary of state about the numerous awards the tiny nun received throughout her life -, receives the highest award prepared for her since the foundation of the world, the prize reserved for the just, the meek, the humble hearts, for those who welcome the poor and by so doing, receive Christ.”