Posted June 16, 2013 by FLL Inspire Editorial Team in 教宗方濟各 Pope Francis

Pope Francis: Say “yes” to life

Photo courtesy of Vatican Radio

Photo courtesy of Vatican Radio






在彌撒之後的三鐘經,教宗舉出了一個跟隨生命的福音的完美榜樣。他提到剛於週六被宣為真福的Blessed Oduardo Focherini。他是七名孩子的父親。他曾在納綷政權手中救過無數人的生命,在1944年在集中營為信仰作見證而死。

“Let us say ‘Yes’ to life and not death.” These were the words of Pope Francis during his homily on Sunday morning for Evangelium Vitae Day, a day celebrating the Gospel of Life.

An estimated 200,000 people were in Saint Peter’s Square for Holy Mass and the Angelus that followed with Pope Francis to mark the Year of Faith event dedicated to the Gospel of Life.

In his homily, the Pope noted how the Scriptures continuously tell us how God is the Living One who bestows life.

However, he said that “all too often, people do not choose life, they do not accept the ‘Gospel of Life’ but let themselves be led by ideologies and ways of thinking that block life, that do not respect life, because they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, profit, power and pleasure, and not by love, by concern for the good of others.”

The Holy Father went on to say that people dream of building a new “Tower of Babel”, a city of man that is without God. They believe that the rejection of “God, the message of Christ, the Gospel of Life, will somehow lead to freedom, to complete human fulfillment.”

As a result,” the Pope continued, “the Living God is replaced by fleeting human idols which offer the intoxication of a flash of freedom, but in the end bring new forms of slavery and death.”

Concluding his homily, Pope Francis called on the faithful to “say ‘Yes’ to the God who is love, life and freedom, and who never disappoints.”

In his Angelus address following Mass, Pope Francis pointed to a perfect example of one who followed the Gospel of Life. He called attention to Saturday’s beatification of a husband and father of seven from Capri Italy who was killed in a concentration in 1944 for witnessing to his faith. Blessed Oduardo Focherini had saved countless lives from Nazi persecution before losing his own.

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Pope Francis: Say yes to life, not death

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生命恩泉文摘編輯小組成員包括:Arthur Ching, Francis Cheung, Amy Law, Beatrice Lee, Jennifer Pang及Rosa Tse。靈修角落文章的內容啟發自:由聖多瑪斯‧阿奎那編制的《黃. 金鍊(Catena Aurea)》(按:教父福音釋義. 集)、方濟會思高讀經推廣中心彌撒福音釋義愛爾蘭耶穌會Living Space聖經默想。教會消息由梵蒂岡電台National Catholic RegisterCatholic News AgencyZenit.org提供。 FLL Inspire Editorial Team includes: Arthur Ching, Francis Cheung, Amy Law, Beatrice Lee, and Rosa Tse. Reflections in "Spiritual Corner" are inspired by the following sources: Catena Aurea, or "Golden Chain" (a collection of biblical commentaries compiled by St. Thomas Aquinas), biblical commentaries from John Duns Scotus Bible Reading Promotion Center (Franciscans in Taiwan), as well as Living Space run by Irish Jesuits. Church News are sourced from the following websites: Vatican Radio (Chinese), National Catholic Register, Zenit.org and Catholic News Agency.