|Blessed Alberione on the Road|
Pope Francis tells us:
“I want the Church to go out into the streets, I want us to defend ourselves against all worldliness, opposition to progress, from that which is comfortable, from that which is clericalism, from all that which means being closed up in ourselves. Parishes, schools, institutions are made in order to come out … if they do not do this, they become a non-governmental organization, and the Church must not be an NGO”.
Blessed Alberione says:
The entire Pauline Family is called to confront themselves with the openness of the apostle Paul,... they are invited to go beyond the ecclesial fences. The holy apostles, Fr. Alberione wrote in 1938, "never got tired of evangelizing the people". "Oh! The immense love of St. Paul", he commented in 1953, "The population keeps on increasing; mankind has now reached two billion and a half. Think of those people who do not know our God! Don’t you feel some zeal for souls? There are persons who burn with love for souls. Have the heart of Jesus Good Shepherd: ‘Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest" (Mt 11:28). Here is the grace we must obtain: the heart of Jesus Good Shepherd."
Fr. Alberione reads the "come all you to me" in parallel with another imperative: "make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28:19), as if to reproduce the systolic and diastolic movement of the heart: the attraction to Jesus pushes towards mission, beyond the folds’ fences, "to the lost sheep, to the roots of society, to hearts and to souls thirsting for truth, for goodness for peace." "Extend your heart like the heart of Jesus: Venite ad me omnes. He has such a big heart! And such a big heart brings us happiness, joy! Think of doing something good for all."
Pope Francis reminds us:
Faith is not a joke, but is rather a very serious matter. “It is a scandal that God made Himself one of us. It is a scandal that he died on a cross. It is a scandal: the scandal of the Cross. But it is the only sure path: that of the Cross, the path of Jesus, that of the incarnation of Jesus. Please, do not 'liquidize' your faith in Jesus Christ. We liquidize oranges, apples, bananas, but please – do not drink liquidized faith. Faith is whole, it cannot be liquidized or reduced. It is faith in Jesus. It is faith in the Son of God made man, who loved me and died for me. So, make a fuss! Take care of the extremes of the population, the elderly and the young! Do not let yourselves be excluded, and do not exclude the elderly. And secondly: do not liquidize your faith in Jesus Christ”.
"We need saints to go before us on these paths—paths that have never been trodden before and which in part are not even clearly marked out. These are not matters for superficial people, but for true apostles. Find the necessary light before the tabernacle, and the grace of perseverance through the universal mediation of the Virgin Mary."
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- Pope Francis, World Youth Day, Vatican City, 26 July 2013, vatican.va