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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Interview with Maria Voce following the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis’ Petrine ministry

Pope Francis spoke strong words at the inaugural Mass of his Petrine ministry. One of these words was “service”. How did that resonate with you?

“It echoed the way that each of us in the Focolare Movement try to live our different roles. A service yes, but a loving service. And whoever serves for love, Chiara Lubich would often recall, could be said to ‘reign’. This is not a service that lowers or humiliates but is the precise attitude of someone who totally gives himself out of love. Those who act in this way give others their proper place and put them in a condition to be what they need to be. From this it follows that service and regality draw each other out.”

Other words spoken by Pope Francesco – and he raised his voice when he said them – were “take care of the poor”. Will anything in the Focolare Movement have to be revisited?

“We mustn’t stand here and only observe Pope Francis. I think that we should look into ourselves, examine our own consciences regarding how we make use of the things that seem truly necessary, then share with others as much as we can whatever can be given away. But I also seem to perceive in the Pope’s words the suggestion of a poverty that is not only material, but able to understand those who are lonely and alone, who do not feel understood, those who are abandoned, those who don’t know God but are in need of Him though they are unaware of it. Faced with these and other forms of poverty I believe that each one of us has to ask: “What can I do?”

The Focolare Movement is in the process of undergoing an examination of conscience, striving to be converted to a greater measure of love, of service and giving. It will always be possible to grow in this regard.”

Compiled by Victoria Gómez

 Read excerpts of messages from Maria Voce to Benedict XVI and to Pope Francis




Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 17:02

Leggo e rileggo le parole di questo articolo perchè mi dicono ogni volta qualcosa di nuovo, mi spingono ad agire in quella direzione indicata da Maria Voce che porta controccorrente e fa sperimentare la vera libertà.Grazie.

Rosario Ligero

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 09:55

Encantada y muy agradecida de tener un papa como FRANCISCO. Lo que comenta Maria Voce es totalmente cierto, no solo hay ahora en el mundo pobreza material, el hombre se encuentra solo y vacio en este mundo de prisas,información, bullicio…, las personas necesitan “AMOR”. Yo humildemente pienso, que en esta sociedad hay un obstaculo “no tenemos tiempo”.

Cecilia Spatz

Friday, March 22, 2013 at 16:03

Precisamos reevangelizar as nossas vidas para que o “Que todos sejam um” torne-se uma realidade.
Obrigada Chiara por este Ideal que, bem vivido, não passa.

Luigi Butori

Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 05:10

Davvero un bel messaggio di Emmaus: e’ una nuova pista aperta anche nel Movimento. Avanti!

Leticia Martínez

Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 01:49

Me da alegría conocer la opinión de Maria Voce (Emmaus). Yo también siento que la pobreza no es sólo material. Hay una enorme pobreza espiritual y moral en la sociedad que provienen del relativismo que vivimos actualmente. Ciertamente que hay ésta pobreza material producto del consumismo que también da la gran diferencia entre ricos y pobres tan marcada…y cada uno en lo posible, hacer la parte que le toca, con el prójimo, el de al lado…Gracias.

Claudia Cosenza

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 17:12

Grazie di indirizzarci sempre dove soffia lo Spirito Santo!