Twenty-Third Sunday in the Liturgical Year

The Pope has sent a message on the occasion of the 67th National Liturgical Week in Gubbio, Italy. Humanity is in need of compassion and a Church that goes forth. “Based on the belief that one is forgiven to forgive, it must be witness of mercy in any env-ronment, arousing a desire and capacity for forgiveness.” Pope Francis underlined this in a message he sent on the occasion of the National Liturgical Week currently taking place in Gubbio, Italy. “This is a task to which we are called, especially in face of resentment in which too many people are locked up, which they need to rediscover the joy of inner peace and the sake of peace.”

“It was reconciled to reconcile. The Father’s compassion cannot be locked in intimism and auto consolatory attitudes, be-cause it proves powerful in renewing people and enables them to offer others the living experience of the same gift.” The Pope said this in his message, which was signed by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin and sent to Mgr. Claudio Maniago, President of the Liturgical Action Centre.

Humanity is ever in need of compassion, the Pope pointed out and so the liturgy must be an expression of a Church that goes forth, starting with the sacrament of penitence. Speaking about the sacraments and in particular the sacrament of reconciliation, Francis quoted the words of Pope St. Leo the Great: “What was visible [tangible] our redeemer has passed in the sacraments.”

“The rite of the sacrament of Penance should therefore be perceived as an expression of a “Church going forth” as “door” not only to re-enter after you have moved away, but also a “threshold”, open to various suburbs of humanity ever more in need of compassion. It is in this Rite that the encounter with the re-creating mercy of God from which come new men and women to preach the good life of the Gospel through a life that is reconciled and reconciling.”

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