Saturday, December 17, 2016



Pope Francis: memory focus of 80th birthday homily

Pope Francis presides over the Eucharist, concelebrating with the Cardinals living in Rome on the occasion of his 80th birthday - RV
Pope Francis presides over the Eucharist, concelebrating with the Cardinals living in Rome on the occasion of his 80th birthday - RV
17/12/2016 11:37
(Vatican Radio) Memory was the focus of Pope Francis’ remarks following the readings of the day at a Mass of which he was the principal celebrant in the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, along with the cardinals resident in Rome, who were assembled to give thanks to God on the occasion of the Holy Father’s 80th birthday.
Memory – not merely recollection – of parents and forefathers, of friends and relatives who have gone before him, of the signs of a life well and fully lived – but most especially the memoria Dei, the “memory of God” that is present throughout salvation history and is the characteristic and the hallmark of Christian life.
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“In Advent we started this journey, of vigilant expectation of the Lord. Today we stop, we look back, we see that the journey has been beautiful, that the Lord has not disappointed us, that the Lord is faithful,” he said.
“We also see that both in history, and in our own lives, there have been wonderful moments of fidelity and bad times of sin,” Pope Francis went on to say, “but the Lord is there, with hand outstretched to help you up and tell you: ‘Be on your way forward!’ – and this is the Christian life – going forward, towards the definitive encounter. Let not this journey of such intensity, in vigilant expectation of the Lord’s coming, take away the grace of memory, of looking back on everything the Lord has done for us, for the Church, in the history of salvation. Thus shall we understand why the Church does read this passage [the Genealogy of Jesus, Mt. 1:1-17] that may seem a bit boring – but here is the story of a God who chose to walk with his people and become himself, in the end, a man, like every one of us.”
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    Rood Screen said...

    May he have many more happy years.

    Mark Thomas said...

    Happy Birthday, Holy Father!

    O God, who in your wondrous providence chose your servant Francis to preside over your Church, we give you most hearty thanks for the years of his faithful service, praying that, after having served as the Vicar of your Son on earth, he may enjoy your abundant blessing in this life and, at life’s end, be received by your Son into eternal glory. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


    Mark Thomas

    Gene said...

    My birthday song ended up in the wrong thread. So...

    Happy Birthday to you,
    Your progressive friends, too,
    And your off the wall vatican
    It resembles a zoo!

    TJM said...

    Mark Thomas praying for the death of the Catholic Church is quaint.

    Anonymous 2 said...

    Gene’s birthday song second verse:

    This wish is heartfelt
    Though I continue to pelt
    Well below the belt
    Until with I'm dealt

    Gene said...

    Anon2, "F" in grammar and construction.

    Православный физик said...

    May he have an early retirement...

    Anonymous 2 said...


    I have a license for it.

    Gene said...

    Yeah, emphasis upon "license." LOL!

    Anonymous 2 said...

    Gene takes offense
    At poetic license
    Though he is not dense
    And must see the sense

    Gene said...

    There once was a guy named Anonymous,
    Who thought like our old friend Heironymous,
    His Earthly Delight
    Was poetry that's trite,
    While his grammar was simply abominous.