ON PROTECTING THE WEAKEST IN SOCIETY
“The vocation of being a “protector“, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone.
“It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as St Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about.
“It means caring for one another in our families: husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents. It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness. In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts.”
WARNING ONDESTRUCTION AND HATRED
“Whenever human beings fail to live up to this responsibility, whenever we fail to care for creation and for our brothers and sisters, the way is opened to destruction and hearts are hardened. Tragically, in every period of history there are “Herods” who plot death, wreak havoc, and mar the countenance of men and women.
True power is service. The Pope must serve all people, especially the poor, the weak, the vulnerable.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 19, 2013
“Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.
“Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world! But to be “protectors“, we also have to keep watch over ourselves. Let us not forget that hatred, envy and pride defile our lives.
“Being protectors, then, also means keeping watch over our emotions, over our hearts, because they are the seat of good and evil intentions: intentions that build up and tear down.” We must not be afraid of goodness or even tenderness.”
Let us keep a place for Christ in our lives, let us care for one another and let us be loving custodians of creation.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 19, 2013
ON HOW HE SEES HIS ROLE AS POPE
“Let us never forget that authentic power is service, and that the pope too, when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant culmination on the Cross.
“He must be inspired by the lowly, concrete and faithful service which marked St Joseph and, like him, he must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important.
Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 17, 2013
“To protect Jesus with Mary, to protect the whole of creation, to protect each person, especially the poorest, to protect ourselves: this is a service that the Bishop of Rome is called to carry out, yet one to which all of us are called, so that the star of hope will shine brightly. Let us protect with love all God has given us.”