Posted November 3, 2016 by FLL Editorial Team in

Pope Francis: Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others

cemetery-1655378_1920( In his homily at Mass on November 1 in Malmo, Sweden, on the feast of All Saints, Pope Francis has underlined how the Beatitudes are a Christian’s “identity card” that “identify us as followers of Jesus.”

As well as the eight Beatitudes in today’s Gospel reading that Jesus preached on the Sermon on the Mount, Francis also today proposed 6 more to “recognize and respond to new situations with fresh energy.”

The Mass took place at Malmö’s Swedbank soccer stadium on a chilly, overcast day on the second and last day of the Pope’s trip to Sweden.

The Holy Father began his homily by explaining that holiness is not so much about “great deeds and extraordinary events” but rather “daily fidelity to the demands of our baptism.” Holiness, he said, “consists in the love of God and the love of our brothers and sisters — something that makes a person deeply happy, as the saints showed.

“That is why we call the saints blessed,” the Pope said. “The Beatitudes are their path, their goal, their native land. The Beatitudes are the way of life that the Lord teaches us, so that we can follow in his footsteps.”

They are also “the image of Christ and consequently of each Christian,” he said, before highlighting one that is a particular favorite of his: that of “Blessed are the meek”.

“Meekness is a way of living and acting that draws us close to Jesus and to one another,” he said. “It enables us to set aside everything that divides and estranges us, and to find ever new ways to advance along the path of unity.” As an example, he held up recently canonized Swedish St. Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad, as well as St Bridget, co-patron saint of Europe.

“Meekness is the attitude of those who have nothing to lose,” the Pope added, “because their only wealth is God.”

The Pope then went on to list six new Beatitudes “to confront the troubles and anxieties of our age with the spirit and love of Jesus.” He listed them as:

  • Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others, and forgive them from their heart.
  • Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized, and show them their closeness.
  • Blessed are those who see God in every person, and strive to make others also discover him.
  • Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.
  • Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.
  • Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.

“All these are messengers of God’s mercy and tenderness, and surely they will receive from him their merited reward,” the Pope said.

He closed by saying that “the call to holiness is directed to everyone and must be received from the Lord in a spirit of faith.” The saints “spur us on by their lives and their intercession before God,” he added and “we ourselves need one another if we are to become saints.”

“Together let us implore the grace to accept this call with joy and to join in bringing it to fulfillment,” the Pope said. “To our heavenly Mother, Queen of All Saints, we entrust our intentions and the dialogue aimed at the full communion of all Christians, so that we may be blessed in our efforts and may attain holiness in unity.”

Source: Pope Francis Proposes 6 New Beatitudes to Confront Today’s Troubles

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