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Saint Paul of the Cross, founder of the Passionist Fathers, is represented with Mary and angels in this work of art provided by the order. In a letter to attendees of an international theological congress organized by the Passionist Fathers, Pope Francis said that Jesus’ death on the cross reminded Christians to focus on helping the vulnerable and to “put aside the methods and controversial programs ”. CNS Photo / courtesy Passionist Fathers

Jesus’ death on the cross calls Christians to focus on helping vulnerable people rather than defending contentious programs, Pope Francis said.

In a letter to the participants of a congress organized by the Passionist Fathers, the Pope declared that the saving power “unleashed by the weakness of the cross reveals to theology the importance of an approach which knows how to combine the height of reason with humility of heart. “

“Before the Crucified, theology is also invited to approach the most fragile and concrete conditions of men and women and to put aside controversial methods and agendas, sharing with joy the work of study, and seeking with trust the precious seeds that the word throws in the midst of the jagged and sometimes contradictory plurality of cultures, ”he wrote in the letter published on September 21.

The international theological congress from September 21 to 24 focusing on “The Wisdom of the Cross in a pluralist world” was part of the celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Passionists in 1720 by Saint Paul of the Cross.

“The purpose of the congress is to try to discover a current language and method for announcing and witnessing, in this ‘pluralist world’, to the wisdom of the cross and to deepen the meaning of Christ’s sacrifice as the most credible proof. and concrete of God’s love for humanity and of a sure promise of resurrection and salvation, ”the Passionists said in a statement.

In his letter, the Pope declared that by contemplating Jesus on the cross, Christians become aware of the love and mercy of God for all men and women, a love and mercy that “reach to extremes. of our human condition ”.

“The cross of the Lord, source of salvation for men everywhere and at all times, is therefore vibrant and effective also and above all at a crossroads, such as the contemporary one, characterized by rapid and complex changes”, declared the Pope . .

Pope Francis expressed his hope that the congress would foster “fruitful theological, cultural and pastoral interactions” and that it “would contribute to a renewed understanding of contemporary challenges in the light of the wisdom of the cross, in order to foster faithful evangelization. for God’s purpose. and attentive to humanity.

Keywords: Litigious agendas, Death of Jesus on the cross, Passionist Fathers

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Christ’s cross is a beacon of hope in rough seas, says Pope in audience https://warriorsforchristonline.org/christs-cross-is-a-beacon-of-hope-in-rough-seas-says-pope-in-audience/ Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://warriorsforchristonline.org/christs-cross-is-a-beacon-of-hope-in-rough-seas-says-pope-in-audience/

Pope Francis is leading his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on March 31, 2021. The Pope reflected on the Paschal Triduum and the hope that Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection bring in uncertain times. (CNS photo by Vatican Media)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The commemoration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ during the Paschal Triduum brings much-needed hope to a world of uncertainty, Pope Francis said.

During his weekly general audience on March 31, the Pope said that as Christians prepare to celebrate another Easter in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hope brought by the cross of Christ “is like a lighthouse which indicates the port to the ships which still float. over rough seas.

“It’s a sign of hope that doesn’t let us down, and it tells us that not even a tear, not a cry is lost in God’s plan,” he said.

Pope Francis took advantage of his weekly general audience to reflect on each day of the triduum, starting with Maundy Thursday, when Christians “relive what happened at the Last Supper”.

The Eucharist, he said, is a witness to Jesus’ love for humanity; the Lord left it to Christians “not as a remembrance, but as a memorial, as his eternal presence”.

“In this sacrament, Jesus replaced the sacrificial victim with himself,” said the Pope. “His body and blood save us from the bondage of sin and death. “

Good Friday, he continued, is a “day of penance, fasting and prayer” which helps Christians feel as if they “have gathered on Calvary to commemorate the passion and redemptive death of Jesus Christ”.

Through the worship of the cross, he said, Christians not only “relive the journey of the innocent lamb sacrificed for our salvation” but also remember the suffering of the “sacrificed lambs” of today. hui, the innocent victims of wars, dictatorships, daily violence, (and) abortion.

“Before the image of the crucified God, we will bring in prayer the many, the too many, who are crucified in our time, who can only receive from him the comfort and the meaning of their sufferings”, he said. declared.

Based on his prepared remarks, Pope Francis declared that the light of God’s love is needed because “the world is in darkness”.

“Let’s list all the wars that are going on right now, all the children who are starving, children who have no education, whole peoples destroyed by wars, by terrorism, many, many of the people who need drugs in order to feel a little better, the drug industry that kills. It’s a calamity, it’s a desert, ”he said.

Continuing his reflection, the Pope declared that Holy Saturday is a day of silence in which those who had hoped in Christ “are put to the test” and “feel orphaned.”

Nevertheless, he said, Christians should turn to Mary who, after following her son “on the painful path”, maintained hope “in the promise of God who raises the dead”.

“So, in the darkest hour of the world, she became the mother of believers, the mother of the church and a sign of hope,” the Pope said. “His testimony and intercession sustains us when the weight of the cross becomes too heavy for us. “

Pope Francis has declared that the darkness of Holy Saturday is broken by the light and joy of Easter when “all questions and uncertainties, hesitations and fears are dispelled” by the resurrection of Christ.

“The Risen One gives us the certainty that good always triumphs over evil, that life always triumphs over death and that our end is not to descend lower and lower, from sadness to sadness, but to ascend to the heights. “said the Pope.

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