Friday, December 20, 2013

Pope Francis: Be Silent, Like Mary

From Vatican Insider 

At Friday morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, the Pope stressed that we cannot publicise the mystery of the journey that a person walks with God, the mystery of our salvation


At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, Pope Francis urged faithful to be silent, like Mary, because only silence guards the mystery of our relationship with the Lord. “May the Lord give all of us the grace to love the silence,” which needs to be guarded from publicity Francis prayed.

“In the history of salvation, neither in the clamour nor in the blatant, but the shadows and the silence are the places in which God chose to reveal himself to humankind,” the Pope said according to Vatican Radio’s report. “The imperceptible reality from which his mystery, from time to time, took visible form, took flesh. The Pope’s reflections were inspired by the Annunciation, which was today’s Gospel reading, in particular the passage in which the angel tells Mary that the power of the Most High would “overshadow” her. The shadow, which has almost the same quality as the cloud, with which God protected the Jews in the desert. The Lord always took care of the mystery and hid the mystery. He did not publicize the mystery. A mystery that publicizes itself is not Christian; it is not the mystery of God: it is a fake mystery! And this is what happened to Our Lady, when she received her Son: the mystery of her virginal motherhood is hidden. It is hidden her whole life! And she knew it. This shadow of God in our lives helps us to discover our own mystery: the mystery of our encounter with the Lord, our mystery of our life’s journey with the Lord. Each of us knows how mysteriously the Lord works in our hearts, in our souls. And what is the cloud, the power, the way the Holy Spirit covers our mystery? This cloud in us, in our lives is called silence: the silence is exactly the cloud that covers the mystery of our relationship with the Lord, of our holiness and of our sins. This mystery that we cannot explain. But when there is no silence in our lives, the mystery is lost, it goes away. Guarding the mystery with silence! That is the cloud, that is the power of God for us, that is the strength of the Holy Spirit,” Francis said.

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