Pope Francis Meditations For The 14 Stations Of The Lord’s Passion We Are Called To Contemplate Injustice Toward Muslims, Economic Crisis, Job Insecurity, Unemployment, Financial Speculation , Suicides Of Business Leaders, & Corruption!
(Vatican Radio) The Way of the Cross led by Pope around Rome’s ancient Colosseum this upcoming Good Friday invites us to reflect on the current economic crisis and its dire consequences, on the suffering of migrants and on the evils that tear many young lives apart . The texts of the meditations, which will be published Tuesday by the Vatican publishing house Libreria Editrice Vaticana, were written by Msgr. Giancarlo Bregantini, Archbishop of Campobasso – Boiano in southern Italy.
In his meditations for the 14 stations of the Lord’s Passion, Archbishop Bregantini captures the dramatic situations that have traumatized so many in today’s world, including those in his own southern Italy.
In the meditations, we are called to contemplate in the wood of Christ’s cross the sins of man and injustices towards our fellow human beings: the economic crisis with its serious social consequences such as job insecurity, unemployment, financial speculation , the suicides of business leaders, and corruption.
Archbishop Bregantini brings us face to face with the dramatic lives of immigrants, the wounds of women who are victims of violence, the trauma of abused children , the pain of mothers who have lost their children to war, or to drugs or alcohol abuse.
Archbishop Bregantini draws again on his own region of southern Italy where children have died from cancer caused by toxic waste ,and asylum seekers who die trying to make the treacherous crossing from Africa in the hopes of finding a new home.
Christ’s own suffering, he tells us, resembles that of prisoners in overcrowded prisons bogged down by too much bureaucracy and a slow justice system and those in prisons where torture is sometimes still practiced.
We are called to create "bridges of solidarity " and to “overcome the fear of isolation , and to recover an appreciation for the political" so as to seek common solutions to social problems .
Just as Jesus fell three times on the way to Golgotha, he shows us that we must meet these challenges knowing God is there for us. But we must get back on our feet and help others up in solidarity with each other. Only through helping each other can we hope to bear the weight of the cross.
“In the year 1864, Lucifer together with a large number of demons will be unloosed from hell; they will put an end to faith little by little, even in those dedicated to God. They will blind them in such a way, that, unless they are blessed with a special grace, these people will take on the spirit of these angels of hell; several religious institutions will lose all faith and will lose many souls.Our Lady of La Salette 19 Sept. 1846 (Published by Mélanie 1879)
Several will abandon the faith, and a great number of priests and members of religious orders will break away from the true religion; among these people there will even be bishops. Our Lady of La Salette 19 Sept. 1846 (Published by Mélanie 1879)
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Francis The Destroyer
For In Those Days Jesus Christ Will Send Them Not A True Pastor, But A Destroyer ~ St. Francis