To be men of hope, able to become “creators of communion”. It’s the sense of Pope Francis speech to participants received in audience in the Clementine Hall at 55th General Chapter of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. Quoting St. Augustine, the Pope recalled the title of the Chapter: “All our hope is in your great mercy. Give what you command and command what you want” . Francis said:”This invocation leads us to be men of hope, we are able to put all our trust in God’s mercy”. The purpose of the Chapter is to “renew and put before God the life of the order,” the Pope suggested to “return to God” through the new love commandment: “God gives us this love in many ways” therefore it is necessary to “discover the presence of the Lord in every event, in every step of our lives.The Holy Father said:”The grateful memory of his love in our past leads us to live the present with passion and courage.”
But, we must give God the right place, otherwise “other it will occupy”; we must realize that “He is the master of our lives, not others. And, according to the Pope, “at this time God asks us in a special way that we are” creators of communion “. We are called to create in the world with our presence. A society able to recognizing the dignity of every person and to share with it the gift that each is for the other. This is the power that we have, not only the one of personal ideals and projects.
The Pope concluded by inviting religious “in keeping with renewed spirit the dream of St. Augustine, to live as brothers” with one heart and one soul “, to reflect the ideal of the first Christians so that there be no divisions or conflicts or exclusions but that there may be harmony and dialogue “.