Follow usTwitterFacebook

Latest

15 Sep 2016 News No comments

Pregnant woman loses baby after violent attack

The woman was subject to a racial attack in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire An unborn baby has died after a pregnant woman was attacked by a man in a supermarket ca…

Read more

20 Nov 2015 News Vatican No comments

Vatican Mount Christmas Tree already: Watch Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk16J0215uM Though it's still November but the Vatican have her Christmas Tree already, blowing the holidays spirit around to…

Read more

18 Aug 2016 News No comments

Bishop heading to Vatican will miss ‘beautiful people and culture’ of Dallas

  Bishop Kevin Farrell, head of the new office for marriage and family life, say the subjects are key for the future of society The importance of the voc…

Read more

20 May 2015 Vatican No comments

Monday Meeting of Curia Leaders was devoted to Jubilee Year plans

When Pope Francis met on May 18th, 2015 with top officials of the Roman Curia, the meeting was devoted to plans for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Vatican Insider r…

Read more

22 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according…

Read more

24 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (14)

Can a bishop prohibit receiving Communion on the tongue?

 Full Question Recently I was attending Mass in another diocese, and when I approached the extraordinary minister of the Eucharist to receive on the tongue…

Read more

31 May 2016 Vatican No comments

Pope urges Catholics and Orthodox Christians to join in prayer for Syrian children

The joint Day of Prayer for Peace, sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need, is one of several initiatives to promote peace in the troubled country Pope Francis …

Read more

16 Jun 2016 Articles No comments

Forcing Families to Attend Mass

When inquirers call into Catholic Answers, they sometimes share concerns about practices going on in their parish. Those concerns often center around the Mass a…

Read more

12 Sep 2016 News No comments

Macedonians gather at St Teresa’s birthplace to celebrate canonisation

The event came at the end of a week of festivities organised by Macedonia's parliament Hundreds of people have gathered in the main square of Macedonia’s capit…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

Pope Francis Celebrates Mass for the Sick and disabled –

  • Written by:
  • 1 Reply

Love and solidarity are what make the world a better place, not a focus on physical perfection and hiding away those who do not fit a commercial ideal, Pope Francis said.

“The world does not become better because only apparently ‘perfect’ — not to mention fake — people live there, but when human solidarity, mutual acceptance and respect increase,” the Pope said on June 12 while celebrating Mass for the Year of Mercy jubilee of the sick and persons with disabilities.

Several altar servers with Down’s syndrome assisted Pope Francis at the Mass in St Peter’s Square. Persons with disabilities proclaimed the first two Scripture readings, including by using braille.

The Gospel story, about the sinful woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, was acted out while a deacon read it in Italian, and sign language interpreters were stationed throughout the square.

“Each of us, sooner or later, is called to face — at times painfully — frailty and illness, both our own and those of others,” Pope Francis said in his homily.

Limitations are part of being human, he said, yet today there is a widespread notion that “sick or disabled persons cannot be happy, since they cannot live the lifestyle held up by the culture of pleasure and entertainment.”

“In an age when care for one’s body has become an obsession and a big business, anything imperfect has to be hidden away, since it threatens the happiness and serenity of the privileged few and endangers the dominant model,” the Pope said. “In some cases, we are even told that it is better to eliminate them as soon as possible, because they become an unacceptable economic burden in time of crisis.”

People with such attitudes, he said, “fail to understand the real meaning of life, which also has to do with accepting suffering and limitations.”

And for Jesus, he said, the sick and the weak, those cast aside by society — like the woman in the Gospel story — are precisely the ones he loves most.

The only path to happiness is love, Pope Francis said. “How many disabled and suffering persons open their hearts to life again as soon as they realise they are loved! How much love can well up in a heart simply with a smile!”

The day before the Mass, the pope held a special audience for participants in a conference sponsored by the Italian bishops’ office for catechesis for disabled persons. Saying that he knows speeches can be boring — and people sneak a look at their watches thinking, “when will he stop talking?” — the pope opened the meeting to questions.

Participants asked Pope Francis how parishes can overcome fear of people who are different, how they can fight discrimination of those with disabilities and how to help a parish that thinks it cannot welcome the disabled and prepare those with developmental difficulties for the sacraments.

Encountering and welcoming someone who is different can cause fear at first, the Pope said. But “we are all different. There is no one exactly like another.”

“Differences are a richness because I have something and you have something else and by putting the two together we have something more beautiful, something greater,” the Pope said. Diversity is not something to fear, but is “the path to improvement, to be more beautiful and richer.”

Discrimination, especially in a parish, “is something very ugly,” Pope Francis said.

“It is true that if you want to receive Communion, you must have had preparation. And if you do not understand the language (of the catechesis), for example if you are deaf, you must have the possibility of a preparation with sign language,” the Pope said.

A pastor who says his parish cannot provide special religious education classes “must convert,” the Pope added to applause.

“Think of a priest who does not welcome everyone. What advice would the Pope give him?” Pope Francis asked before responding, “Close the doors of the church! Either everyone or no one” should enter.

The priest might try to defend himself by saying that while everyone is welcome in his parish, the developmentally disabled cannot receive Communion because they would not understand what they are doing. Pope Francis said his response to that would be, “You are the one who does not understand!”

“We all have the same possibility of growing, moving forward, loving the Lord, doing good things,” he said.

Pope Francis told those at the audience that when St. Pius X ruled in 1910 that children as young as 7 years old could receive Communion, similar objections were raised: “But that child won’t understand,” he said the critics complained.

But St Pius went ahead, knowing “that children understand in a different way,” he said. “Each one of us has a different way of understanding things. One understands one way and another in a different manner, but we can all know God.”









wpsd_autopost:
1

1 comment

  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Just saying…
    .
    “16 The LORD said to Moses, 17 “Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand, 20 or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles. 21 No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the offerings made to the LORD by fire. He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God. 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food; 23 yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.” Lev 21

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories