A worldly Church is a weak Church. The only way to stop this from happening is to entrust the Church to the Lord through constant prayer. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily during Mass Tuesday morning, celebrated with staff from the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, also known as APSA.
can safeguard the Church, we can cure the Church, no? We do so with our
work, but what’s most important is what the Lord does : He is the only
One who can look into the face of evil and overcome it. The prince of
the world comes but can do nothing against me: if we don’t want the
prince of this world to take the Church into his hands, we must entrust
it to the One who can defeat the prince of this world. Here the question
arises: do we pray for the Church, for the entire Church? For our
brothers and sisters whom we do not know, everywhere in the world? It is
the Lord's Church and in our prayer we say to the Lord: Lord, look at
your Church ... It' s yours. Your Church is [made up of ] our brothers
and sisters. This is a prayer that must come from our heart".
Pope Francis remarked that "it is easy to pray for the grace of the
Lord", "to thank Him" or when "we need something." But it is fundamental
that we also pray to the Lord for all, for those who have "received the
same Baptism," saying "they are Yours, they are ours, watch over them".
the Church to the Lord is a prayer that makes the Church grow. It is
also an act of faith. We can do nothing, we are poor servants - all of
us - of the Church: it is He who keeps her going and holds her and makes
her grow , makes her holy, defends and protects her from the prince of
this world and what he wants the Church to become, in short more and
more worldly. This is the greatest danger! When the Church becomes
worldly, when she has the spirit of the world within herself, when that
peace which is not that of the Lord - that peace when Jesus says, 'I
leave you peace, my peace I give you', not as the world gives it - when
she has that worldly peace, the Church is a weak Church, a defeated
Church, unable to transmit the Gospel, the message of the Cross, the
scandal of the Cross ... She cannot transmit this if she is worldly”.
his homily, Pope Francis returned several times to the importance of
prayer to entrust "the Church to the Lord", the path to "the peace that
only He can give":
"Entrust the Church to God, entrust the
elderly, the sick, the children, the youth ... 'Safeguard your Church
Lord ': she is yours! With this attitude, He will give us, in the midst
of tribulations, the peace that only He can give . This peace which the
world cannot give, that peace that cannot be bought, that peace which is
a true gift of the presence of Jesus in the midst of his Church.
Entrusting the Church that is in distress: there are great tribulations,
persecution ... there are. But there are also small tribulations: the
small tribulations of illness or family problems ... entrust all this to
the Lord guard your Church in tribulation, so she does not lose faith,
so she does not lose hope. "
Pope Francis concluded : "May the
Lord make us strong so we do not lose faith, so we do not lose hope”.
Entrusting the Church to the Lord “will do us and the Church good. It
will give us great peace [and although] it will not rid us of our
tribulations, it will make us stronger in our sufferings”.