Tuesday, June 17, 2014
THE CHURCH IS A MOTHER NOT A NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION (NGO)
Pope Francis reminded them Jesus said he would not leave us orphans.
“How can we not feel a burning in the heart and say to everyone, especially young people: You are not an orphan. Jesus Christ has revealed to us that God is our Father and want to help you, because he loves you?” Pope Francis asked.
He lamented a culture that leaves young people orphaned without jobs, and multiplies the opportunities for pleasure, distraction, curiosity, but “is not able to bring man to true joy.”
Pope Francis said the Church needs to be a Mother, not a “well-organized NGO with a bunch of pastoral plans”.
“Being in the Church is being at home with mom,” he said. The Holy Father said without this, going to Church becomes like going to an institution, and gives it the identity of a football team, where people are just “fans” of being Catholic.
He said people need to feel the “tenderness” of a Mother in the Church.
“We have to always welcome people with a big heart, like family,” he said.
This is especially true in dealing with young people, and the Pope said the Church must encourage the participation of the youth.
Pope Francis concluded his remarks by thanking the parish priests present.
“The Italian Church is strong thanks to the parish priests,” he said.