Over the weekend, Pope Francis stressed the importance of fellowship between God and one another in a message of unity and gratitude.
“Now more than ever the claim to focus everything on ourselves is illusory – to make individualism the guiding principle of society has proved to be illusory,” Francis said on Saturday at the Vatican, according to the Catholic News Agency.
His audience included those hit the hardest by COVID-19 in Italy: physicians, healthcare workers, clerics, civil authorities and representatives of the mountain infantry from Lombardy.
The Pontifex cautioned that it would be easy to return “into this illusion” of individualism following the pandemic.
“It is easy to quickly forget that we need others, someone who takes care of us, who gives us courage. Forgetting that we all need a Father who holds out his hand,” he shared.
Francis then asserted that praying to God is “not an illusion.”
He added, “Prayer is the soul of hope.”
The Pope then urged the people to rebuild together on a foundation of love.
“In this way, we will be able to get out of this crisis spiritually and morally stronger; and this depends on the conscience and responsibility of each of us,” he stated. “Not alone, however, but together and with the grace of God.”
Francis then offered his gratitude to healthcare workers for being “a visible sign of humanity that warms…
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