Pope Francis on
COMMUNION OF SAINTS & DIVINE FILIATION:
“We are all children of God.”
Dear friends, below you’ll find the Vatican translation of the Angelus address given by Pope Francis on Nov.1, 2015. It’s worth the read and meditation as he reminds us of the COMMUNION OF SAINTS and our condition as children of God through Baptism, a condition which is also called DIVINE FILIATION, which it’s the “ROOT OF OUR VOCATION TO HOLINESS”.
- If God is Our Father who loves us so much, and he is a Father who is All-Powerful, this should fill us with joy, thanksgiving, optimism, and gratitude.
- If God is Our Father and we are His children, then we must BEHAVE as such, IMITATING HIS ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON, OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, and what is this, if not HOLINESS itself!
- Let us ask God so that we may BEHAVE as well as such: children of God the Father, and with God’s grace, we walk along the path of identification with Jesus Christ, the path to holiness and be united with our brothers and sisters on earth, in heaven and purgatory, thus living the communion of Saints.
1ST November 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning and happy feast!
- ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH MAKE UP ONE FAMILY: THE COMMUNITY OF THE BAPTIZED WHICH IS THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS.
In today’s celebration, the Feast of All Saints, we experience in a special way the reality of the communion of saints, our great family that consists of all members of the Church, both those of us who are still pilgrims on earth, and the immense multitude of those who have already left and gone to Heaven. We are all united, and this is called the “communion of saints”, meaning the community of all baptized people.
- THE SAINTS ARE PERSONS THAT BELONG TOTALLY TO GOD IN A FULL AND EXCLUSIVE WAY.
In today’s Liturgy, the Book of Revelation refers to an essential characteristic of saints, saying: they are people who belong totally to God. They are presented as an immense multitude of “chosen ones”, dressed in white and marked with the “seal of God” (cf. 7:2-4, 9-14). Through this last detail, with allegorical language, it is emphasized that the saints belong to God fully and exclusively, and that they are his property. What does it means to bear the seal of God in one’s very life and person? The Apostle John again tells us: it means that in Jesus Christ we have truly become children of God (cf. 1 Jn 3:1-3).
- WE ARE ALL CHILDREN OF GOD. OUR SURNAME IS GOD. IT IS THE ROOT OF OUR VOCATION TO HOLINESS.
Are we conscious of this great gift? We are all children of God! Do we remember that in Baptism we received the “seal” of our Heavenly Father, and that we became his children? To put it simply: we bear God’s surname, our surname is God, because we are the children of God. Here lies the root of the vocation to holiness! The saints whom we remember today are those who lived in the grace of their Baptism, those who kept the “seal” intact, behaving as children of God, seeking to emulate Jesus; and now they have reached the goal, because they finally “see God as he is”.
- THE SAINTS ARE EXAMPLES TO IMITATE. THEY ARE ALSO THOSE WHO WITH GOD’S GRACE LIVED THE GOSPEL IN THEIR ORDINARY LIFE
A second characteristic of the saints is that they are examples to emulate. Let us note: not only those who are canonized, but the saints “next door”, so to speak, those who, by the grace of God, strive to practice the Gospel in their everyday lives. Among these saints we also find ourselves; perhaps someone in our family or among friends and acquaintances. We must be grateful for them, and above all we must be grateful to God who has given them to us, putting them close to us as living and contagious examples of the way to live and die in fidelity to the Lord Jesus and his Gospel. How many good people have we met and do we know, about whom we say: “This person is a saint!”. We say it, it comes to spontaneously. These are the saints next door, those who are not canonized but who live with us.
Imitating their gestures of love and mercy is a bit like perpetuating their presence in this world. These evangelical gestures are indeed the only ones that can withstand the destruction of death: an act of tenderness, generous aid, time spent listening, a visit, a kind word, a smile…. In our eyes these gestures might seem insignificant, but in the eyes of God they are eternal, because love and compassion are stronger than death.
May the Virgin Mary, Queen of All Saints, help us to trust more in the grace of God, and to walk with enthusiasm along the path of holiness. Let us offer our daily efforts to Our Mother, and let us also pray to her for our dear departed, in the intimate hope of finding each other one day, all together, in the glorious communion of heaven.
TITLES AND EMPHASIS MINE.
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