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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Here are a few excerpts from the homily that Pope Francis delivered during Mass at the inauguration of his pontificate. The entire text can be found on the Vatican website.

“In the Gospel we heard that “Joseph did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary as his wife” (Mt 1:24). These words already point to the mission which God entrusts to Joseph: he is to be the custos, the protector. The protector of whom? Of Mary and Jesus; but this protection is then extended to the Church […].

How does Joseph exercise his role as protector? Discreetly, humbly and silently, but with an unfailing presence and utter fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand. From the time of his betrothal to Mary until the finding of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem, he is there at every moment with loving care. As the spouse of Mary, he is at her side in good times and bad, on the journey to Bethlehem for the census and in the anxious and joyful hours when she gave birth; amid the drama of the flight into Egypt and during the frantic search for their child in the Temple; and later in the day-to-day life of the home of Nazareth, in the workshop where he taught his trade to Jesus.

How does Joseph respond to his calling to be the protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church? By being constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God’s presence and receptive to God’s plans, and not simply to his own […]  Joseph is a “protector” because he is able to hear God’s voice and be guided by his will; and for this reason he is all the more sensitive to the persons entrusted to his safekeeping. He can look at things realistically, he is in touch with his surroundings, he can make truly wise decisions. In him, dear friends, we learn how to respond to God’s call, readily and willingly, but we also see the core of the Christian vocation, which is Christ! Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!

The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. It means caring for one another […] In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts!

Whenever human beings fail to live up to this responsibility, whenever we fail to care for creation and for our brothers and sisters, the way is opened to destruction and hearts are hardened […]. Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world! But to be “protectors”, we also have to keep watch over ourselves! […]  We must not be afraid of goodness or even tenderness!

[…] In the Gospels, Saint Joseph appears as a strong and courageous man, a working man, yet in his heart we see great tenderness, which is not the virtue of the weak but rather a sign of strength of spirit and a capacity for concern, for compassion, for genuine openness to others, for love. We must not be afraid of goodness, of tenderness! […] Today, together with the feast of Saint Joseph, we are celebrating the beginning of the ministry of the new Bishop of Rome, the Successor of Peter, which also involves a certain power. […] Let us never forget that authentic power is service, and that the Pope too, when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant culmination on the Cross. He must be inspired by the lowly, concrete and faithful service which marked Saint Joseph and, like him, he must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison (cf. Mt 25:31-46). Only those who serve with love are able to protect!”

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Dulce Mesquita

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 23:30

Fiz reflexão desse texto e vejo o quanto necessito melhorar.É muito bom reconhecer-se pequena, mas melhor mesmo é ter a oportunidade de recomeçar. Estou disposta para lançar a rede, ser essa chamazinha que, quer se lança por amor servir e dar preferência os menos favorecidos. Toda Unidade!!! Dulce- Itapipoca-Sobral-Ceará.

Maria de Fátima Assunção da Silva Palmeira

Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 22:37

Per me non è stato possibile sentire il discorso del Santo Padre. Leggere adesso, m’ha fatto come che intuire il programma del suo pontificato, che lui ci trasmette un può di più, ogni volta che parla, ma sopratutto con il suo essere: l’ altro e la natura che soffrono. La sua fiduccia in tutti noi cristiani e negli altri(uomini e donne di buona volontá) mi fa pensare che l’esperienza di Unità crescerà ancor di più, per il bene di tutta l’umanità.
Grazie pel la sintese del discorso!

lucia angela

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 15:56

ho ascoltato con molto interesse e gioia il discorso di Papa Francesco, mi sembrava di sentire il nostro fondatore don Francesco della Madonna, il quale con la vita e la parola esortava le prime sorelle orsolice a prendersi cura, della gioventu femminile trascurata, a custodire a far crescere spiritualmente e culturalmente le ragazze di Gandino, future spose e madri. Ho colto una grande sintonia tra papa Francesco e don Francesco, nostro fondatore e mi sono molto rallegrata. E’ la strada giusta.