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Pope Francis’ Homily at Extraordinary ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Blessing

“You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm.”

POPE FRANCIS

“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat... are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying “We are perishing” (v. 38), so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.

It is easy to recognize ourselves in this story. What is harder to understand is Jesus’ attitude. While his disciples are quite naturally alarmed and desperate, he stands in the stern, in the part of the boat that sinks first. And what does he do? In spite of the tempest, he sleeps on soundly, trusting in the Father; this is the only time in the Gospels we see Jesus sleeping. When he wakes up, after calming the wind and the waters, he turns to the disciples in a reproaching voice: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” (v. 40).

Let us try to understand. In what does the lack of the disciples’ faith consist, as contrasted with Jesus’ trust? They had not stopped believing in him; in fact, they called on him. But we see how they call on him: “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” (v. 38). Do you not care: they think that Jesus is not interested in them, does not care about them. One of the things that hurts us and our families most when we hear it said is: “Do you not care about me?” It is a phrase that wounds and unleashes storms in our hearts. It would have shaken Jesus too. Because he, more than anyone, cares about us. Indeed, once they have called on him, he saves his disciples from their discouragement.

The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits and priorities. It shows us how we have allowed to become dull and feeble the very things that nourish, sustain and strengthen our lives and our communities. The tempest lays bare all our pre-packaged ideas and forgetfulness of what nourishes our people’s souls; all those attempts that anesthetize us with ways of thinking and acting that supposedly “save” us, but instead prove incapable of putting us in touch with our roots and keeping alive the memory of those who have gone before us. We deprive ourselves of the antibodies we need to confront adversity.

In this storm, the façade of those stereotypes with which we camouflaged our egos, always worrying about our image, has fallen away, uncovering once more that (blessed) common belonging, of which we cannot be deprived: our belonging as brothers and sisters.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, your word this evening strikes us and regards us, all of us. In this world, that you love more than we do, we have gone ahead at breakneck speed, feeling powerful and able to do anything. Greedy for profit, we let ourselves get caught up in things, and lured away by haste. We did not stop at your reproach to us, we were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick. Now that we are in a stormy sea, we implore you: “Wake up, Lord!”.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, you are calling to us, calling us to faith. Which is not so much believing that you exist, but coming to you and trusting in you. This Lent your call reverberates urgently: “Be converted!”, “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12). You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing. It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others. We can look to so many exemplary companions for the journey, who, even though fearful, have reacted by giving their lives. This is the force of the Spirit poured out and fashioned in courageous and generous self-denial. It is the life in the Spirit that can redeem, value and demonstrate how our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people – often forgotten people – who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines nor on the grand catwalks of the latest show, but who without any doubt are in these very days writing the decisive events of our time: doctors, nurses, supermarket employees, cleaners, caregivers, providers of transport, law and order forces, volunteers, priests, religious men and women and so very many others who have understood that no one reaches salvation by themselves. In the face of so much suffering, where the authentic development of our peoples is assessed, we experience the priestly prayer of Jesus: “That they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). How many people every day are exercising patience and offering hope, taking care to sow not panic but a shared responsibility. How many fathers, mothers, grandparents and teachers are showing our children, in small everyday gestures, how to face up to and navigate a crisis by adjusting their routines, lifting their gaze and fostering prayer. How many are praying, offering and interceding for the good of all. Prayer and quiet service: these are our victorious weapons.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”? Faith begins when we realise we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we founder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them. Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck. Because this is God’s strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies.

The Lord asks us and, in the midst of our tempest, invites us to reawaken and put into practice that solidarity and hope capable of giving strength, support and meaning to these hours when everything seems to be floundering. The Lord awakens so as to reawaken and revive our Easter faith. We have an anchor: by his cross we have been saved. We have a rudder: by his cross we have been redeemed. We have a hope: by his cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and no one can separate us from his redeeming love. In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side. The Lord asks us from his cross to rediscover the life that awaits us, to look towards those who look to us, to strengthen, recognize and foster the grace that lives within us. Let us not quench the wavering flame (cf. Is 42:3) that never falters, and let us allow hope to be rekindled.

Embracing his cross means finding the courage to embrace all the hardships of the present time, abandoning for a moment our eagerness for power and possessions in order to make room for the creativity that only the Spirit is capable of inspiring. It means finding the courage to create spaces where everyone can recognize that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity. By his cross we have been saved in order to embrace hope and let it strengthen and sustain all measures and all possible avenues for helping us protect ourselves and others. Embracing the Lord in order to embrace hope: that is the strength of faith, which frees us from fear and gives us hope.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”? Dear brothers and sisters, from this place that tells of Peter’s rock-solid faith, I would like this evening to entrust all of you to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: “Do not be afraid” (Mt 28:5). And we, together with Peter, “cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us” (cf. 1 Pet 5:7).
Roberto 55
Christ came for people and Francis?
mattsixteen24
"and every spirit that dissolveth Jesus, is not of God : and this is Antichrist, of whom you have heard that he commeth, and now he is in the world (1 John 4:3)."
Ultraviolet
"he is not pope, but uncatholic Antipope." --So you keep repeating, @KristianKeller because that's all you can do. Repeat it because you can't prove it. Neither the facts nor Canon Law support your claims.
KristianKeller
False. By very fact he is not Christian. It is supported by Catholic teaching indeed, but only a fool would ignore Catholic common sense, teaching of Fathers, and numerous evidence from Most Holy Family Monastery, which you are very well aware of. Let me prove you one more time that you're wrong, see the following: youtu.be/AmV8-TDjwKo
KristianKeller
Also you bad willed faithless heretic, here is something you wrote, so I will expose you here in front of everyone:

You wrote: "Suppose a movie or a popular book depicts a man with a divine father who gets killed and comes back from the dead. Is that stealing from the story of Jesus? Not necessarily. The ancient Egyptian myth of Osiris was written down described the same thing, thousands of …More
Also you bad willed faithless heretic, here is something you wrote, so I will expose you here in front of everyone:

You wrote: "Suppose a movie or a popular book depicts a man with a divine father who gets killed and comes back from the dead. Is that stealing from the story of Jesus? Not necessarily. The ancient Egyptian myth of Osiris was written down described the same thing, thousands of years before Christ was even born."

Never was it that God-Man, like Jesus Christ who is true God according to His divinity, and true Man according to His manhood which he assumed from Blessed Virgin Mary, with therefore unmixed natures in a one person, a 2nd person of Holy Trinity, was killed, and came back from dead. Of course there were attempts from the devil to subvert in various false religions a truth about Christ's Incarnation.

You say: "The ancient Egyptian myth of Osiris was written down described the same thing."

No you faithless heretic. Myths of false religions described just that, a perversion from false religions, myths and cults of devil worship. You are not going to fool anyone, you are of the devil. You don't believe in Jesus Christ and his unique role, to free people from hands of devil. It is a same thing according to you, like a myth you blasphemer.

From article about Vikings at MHFM:

THE VIKING KING CLAIMED TO BE THE DESCENDANT OF ODIN

“During the eighth century the Sveas and the Goths were ruled by a single king. Their king, whose capital was Upsala, claimed divine origin as the descendant of Odin, and every nine years a great assembly of Sveas and Goths was held at this temple at which he took the lead. A belief in the survival of their ancestors formed part of the popular religion.” (The Life of Ansgar)

This is interesting because it’s another example of how the leaders of many pagan religions claimed to be descendants of a god, or born from God, or a kind of incarnation of God. It was the devil’s way of attempting to ape the reality of the one true incarnation of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the various false religions he has concocted.

See full article here: www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/…/the-apostle-to-…
Ultraviolet
"By very fact he is not Christian."

That isn't a fact, it's an opinion. It's also an unsupported one and one at variance with Francis' critics.

novusordowatch.org/…/burke-francis-n…

"It is supported by Catholic teaching indeed"

...none supplied by you.

"but only a fool would ignore Catholic common sense"

That's a "No True Scottsman" fallacy. As for "common Sense", tha'ts simply an idiom …More
"By very fact he is not Christian."

That isn't a fact, it's an opinion. It's also an unsupported one and one at variance with Francis' critics.

novusordowatch.org/…/burke-francis-n…

"It is supported by Catholic teaching indeed"

...none supplied by you.

"but only a fool would ignore Catholic common sense"

That's a "No True Scottsman" fallacy. As for "common Sense", tha'ts simply an idiom to legitimize one's opinion. Like so:
www.hrw.org/…/common-sense-ab…

That's what "common sense" gets you. :P

"teaching of Fathers,"

...none supplied by you as usual.

"numerous evidence from Most Holy Family Monastery, which you are very well aware of."

Yes, I am. I'm aware of their so-called evidence. I'm also aware they call the last two popes "heretics and anti-popes", one of whom just happens to be a saint.

Oh boy... another "youtube scholar". :D Typical waste of time. Right from the first minute... "According to Catholic teachings..."

Zero teachings cited, while he continues to build his presentation on them. Who knows? Who cares? Just take his word for it, it's youtube. You'd swallow anything if it's presented with the right "youtube".

In the future when you're citing You wrote: it would help if you showed where I wrote it, so interested readers can double-check you aren't "re-writing" my words into something else.. since I clearly didn't write it here.

"You say: "The ancient Egyptian myth of Osiris was written down described the same thing."

... In reference to what statement? This one, also by me.:

"a man with a divine father who gets killed and comes back from the dead."

Are you arguing that doesn't apply to Jesus? He was a man. He had a divine father. He was killed. He came back from the dead. Every point I stated is both true and Catholic.

I was discussing the myth of Osiris as the basis for a story (as opposed to Catholic truth) and those generalities also apply.

Are there differences? Beyond the ones you listed? Of course there are. That's a given from the start. Osiris is not Jesus. Osiris didn't exist and Jesus did. Osiris was dismembered and Jesus wasn't. etc. etc.

You're trying to make an accusation of "heresy" stick through bad-faith over-literalism.

Since I didn't say Osiris was Jesus or that Osiris' story was true, your accusation is false.

In fact, I said just the opposite. We'll discuss that further while addressing your next criticism.

"Myths of false religions described just that, a perversion from false religions, myths and cults of devil worship."

I already made that point when I wrote: "The ancient Egyptian myth of Osiris..."

Did you catch that word? Obviously not, or you wouldn't go on blabbering as though you were making a valid criticism.

Here: I'll re-write it for you "The ancient Egyptian myth of Osiris..."

Myth.

Same word you are using for the same reason. Myths by definition are not true. If I call something a myth, then I'm stating it isn't true.

Since I didn't bring up Norse mythology or even suggest any parallel to Christianity, your example is irrelevant and in debating terms, a red-herring.

So all you've exposed is your inability to read, along with a predilection for irrelevancies and youtube.
KristianKeller
Not have to react on all your stuff. I will just say you are truly abominable heretic and very evil. From beginning of your comment to bottom, one has a true feeling that it was written as if Satan wrote it.

No Catholic teaching? Wrong: www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/…/cum-ex-apostola…

No. You said it described same. Than you repeated it. You not going to fool anyone you liar. It is all …More
Not have to react on all your stuff. I will just say you are truly abominable heretic and very evil. From beginning of your comment to bottom, one has a true feeling that it was written as if Satan wrote it.

No Catholic teaching? Wrong: www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/…/cum-ex-apostola…

No. You said it described same. Than you repeated it. You not going to fool anyone you liar. It is all black and white. You are truly of the Devil. Reference to your open promotion of paganism can be found here: Frozen (2) , people should avoid!

Major thing you missed, that pagan myths steal from God's Life, Death, and Resurrection. Messiah was prophesied to come before Christ was born. There is another action from antipope Francis: www.youtube.com/watch

YouTube can be educational, blog as well, books and documentaries likewise. There is nothing wrong about that. There are many useful things on YouTube, but prudence is needed.
Ultraviolet
"From beginning of your comment to bottom, one has a true feeling that it was written as if Satan wrote it."

Strange you should say that. Muslims say literally the same thing for the same reasons you do. 1.) they're wrong. 2.) they don't know what they're talking about. 3.) I do. 4.) I poke fun at them while showing 1.) and 2.)

"Not have to react on all your stuff."

Nor can you. I'm used to "…More
"From beginning of your comment to bottom, one has a true feeling that it was written as if Satan wrote it."

Strange you should say that. Muslims say literally the same thing for the same reasons you do. 1.) they're wrong. 2.) they don't know what they're talking about. 3.) I do. 4.) I poke fun at them while showing 1.) and 2.)

"Not have to react on all your stuff."

Nor can you. I'm used to "selective" replies. That's you backing up from what you CAN't reply to, all the places where even you recognize you're wrong.

It's nice you finally present Church teaching now. And only because I forced you to. :D And what teaching? If you truly follow "Cum ex Apostolatus Officio", then you are a sedevacantist because critics have found "evidence" of heresy in the last four papacies. Ironically, your own source here is one of the biggest critics for the last two papacies.

"No. You said it described same."

Maybe when you learn to read and write English properly, you'll understand why that simply isn't the case.

I summarized the story of Jesus in very simple terms: "a man with a divine father who gets killed and comes back from the dead." Notice I'm not trying to change what I said. I do not have to. As a a literary summary, what I wrote is correct. And, yes, pagan myths tell the same story, notably the Egyptian myth of Osiris. Is there MORE to the story of Jesus? Yes, notably why all of that happened and what happened afterwards.

But that wasn't what I was discussing with that quote. You quoted me and then tried to twist what I said into meaning something else. You call me a liar, but everything I have said here is true. The -story-, as I summarized it, is the same. But Jesus is real and Osiris is a myth.

I -did- say that, and you simply ignored it. Why? We both know why. ;-) It disproves your accusation. You accuse me of being a liar, but you can't prove it. I however, can prove you lie. You, KristianKeller, lie by omission.

" It is all black and white. "

...especially the parts of my quote YOU left out. I'm glad I forced you to finally link up the original discussion.

Let's review the point I was using "Osiris" to demonstrate. "Just because a fictional theme has a parallel in the Bible does not prove a fictonal theme is from the Bible."

Let's all pause for a moment to read these two words out loud: "fictional theme". Fiction is not real. Myths are not real. Here is repeated proof that I am discounting Osiris as ever happening. So much for your claims of heresy.

Since the myth of Osiris was written thousands of years before Christ walked the earth, the story of Osiris could not have possibly come from the New Testament (i.e. the Bible). It may have parallels in the Bible, but it did not come from the Bible.

It's simple enough. There's nothing heretical about that, simple reason based on historical fact. Nothing I said contradicts Scripture... and you won't show otherwise because you don't know what you're talking about.

"that pagan myths steal from God's Life, Death, and Resurrection."

It's impossible for a pagan myth to steal from an event when the event had not happened yet. In the case of Osiris, those stories were written nearly two thousand years before Christ was born.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osiris_myth

More youtube? Boring. I certainly don't need you to link up videos of Pope Francis embarrassing the Church. GTV's news sectition is one long run of it. And?

"There are many useful things on YouTube, but prudence is needed."

...and prudence cautions against amateur documentaries that try to disprove the Pope's validity without rigorously documenting every point.

Prudence is a quality you lack even more than fluency in English.
F M Shyanguya
Blasphemous acts filling up the cup of wrath. Soon ...
KristianKeller
This poor actor, this impostor and heretic, he is not pope, but uncatholic Antipope. Antipope Francis, the world most known pagan to be pretending to be a Catholic. Well, he is not a Catholic, and anyone who knows tiny bit about his apostasy, and accepts him is an abomination. There is no doubt about that, please see profile and latest video:
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