Sunday, April 27, 2014

Our Two New Saints...Who Bore Witness To God's Mercy

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.
Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.
Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in,
but with what it is still possible for you to do. 
– Saint John XXIII –
I plead with you - never, ever give up on hope,
never doubt,
never tire,
and never become discouraged.
Be not afraid.
– Saint John Paul II – 
On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we rejoice with our Holy Mother Church and all the faithful in giving God grateful praises for his great love and mercy in giving us two new saints!

Let us learn from the wisdom of our Holy Father Pope Francis...
"...The wounds of Jesus are a scandal, a stumbling block for faith, yet they are also the test of faith. That is why on the body of the risen Christ the wounds never pass away: they remain, for those wounds are the enduring sign of God's love for us. They are essential for believing in God. Not for believing that God exists, but for believing that God is love, mercy and faithfulness. Saint Peter, quoting Isaiah, writes to Christians: "by his wounds you have been healed" (1 Pet 2:24, cf. Is 53:5).

Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II were not afraid to look upon the wounds of Jesus, to touch his torn hands and his pierced side. They were not ashamed of the flesh of Christ, they were not scandalized by him, by his cross; they did not despise the flesh of their brother (cf. Is 58:7), because they saw Jesus in every person who suffers and struggles.

These were two men of courage, filled with the parrhesia of the Holy Spirit, and they bore witness before the Church and the world to God's goodness and mercy.

They were priests, bishops and popes of the twentieth century. They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful; faith was more powerful - faith in Jesus Christ the Redeemer of man and the Lord of history; the mercy of God, shown by those five wounds, was more powerful; and more powerful too was the closeness of Mary our Mother.

...May these two new saints and shepherds of God's people intercede for the Church...May both of them teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ and to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of divine mercy, which always hopes and always forgives, because it always loves."

Watch the canonization of Saints John Paul II and John XXIII!
(A good place to start is at 40:00, the actual declaration is 47:20)

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