“How much violence is there against women. Enough, to hurt a woman is to outrage God, who took humanity from a woman, not from an angel, but directly from a woman ”, exclaimed the Pope on this day in which the solemnity of Saint Mary, mother is celebrated. of God and in which the World Day of Peace has also been established for 55 years. “The Church is a mother, it is a woman. Therefore, from this response, the place of women in the Church can be found ”, he stressed.
In his homily, the Pope presented the nativity scene in Bethlehem as “proof that God is with the shepherds; he is born in a manger, an object well known to them, thus showing himself close and familiar ”. “Their poverty is beautiful news for everyone, especially for the marginalized, for the rejected, for those who do not count for the world. God arrives there without any preferential route, without even a cradle. Here is the beauty of seeing him reclining in a manger ”, he highlighted.
The Pontiff stressed that Mary “had to go through ‘the scandal of the manger’”. Let us think of the suffering of the Mother of God. What is more cruel for a mother than to see her own child suffer misery? It is heartbreaking. Maria couldn’t be blamed if she had complained about all this unexpected desolation. But he was not discouraged. He did not vent, but remained silent, “he added.
Francis has invited all Catholics to imitate Mary’s attitude of “keeping by meditating.” “Because there are times when we too have to endure some ‘manger scandals’ – he added -. We hope that everything will turn out well, but suddenly an unexpected problem falls, like a bolt out of nowhere.”
In this sense, he stressed that the Mother of God teaches how to take advantage of this shock. “He reveals to us that it is necessary, that it is the narrow path to reach the goal, the cross without which one cannot be resurrected. It is like a painful birth, which gives life to a more mature faith ”, he said.
From Mary, the Pontiff has invited us to have “this inclusive gaze, which overcomes tensions by preserving and meditating on the heart, is the gaze of mothers.” “It is the look with which many mothers embrace the situations of their children. It is a concrete look, which is not discouraged, which is not paralyzed by problems, but rather places them on a broader horizon. The faces of mothers who care for a sick or difficult child come to mind ”, he emphasized.
Thus, he has highlighted how much love there is in their eyes, which, while crying, know how to communicate reasons to continue waiting.
“His gaze is a conscious gaze, which has no illusions and yet, beyond suffering and problems, it offers a broader perspective, that of care, that of love that renews hope. This is what mothers do. They know how to overcome obstacles and conflicts, they know how to instill peace. This is how they manage to transform adversity into opportunities to be reborn and grow ”, he highlighted.
In this sense, he pointed out that “the new year begins under the sign of the Mother.” For the Pope, “the maternal gaze is the way to be reborn and grow.
“Mothers, women, do not look at the world to exploit it, but to make it have life. Looking with the heart, they manage to keep dreams and concrete together, avoiding deviations from aseptic pragmatism and abstraction. And while mothers give life and women preserve the world, let us all work to promote mothers and protect women, “he said.
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