On the occasion of Mother’s Day, Pope Francis commended all mothers to the Mother of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Addressing the audience in St. Peter’s Square on May 14, Pope Francis requested the assembled crowd to applaud and honor all mothers. He further said that he turns to Mother Mary for imploring her to mitigate the agonizing situation of those in Ukraine and in other nations impacted by violence and war. He specifically prayed for a truce between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The pope also added that we should believe in the Holy Spirit as life’s constant companion, who is ever-present to deliver God’s mercy, consolation and strength.
Catholic News Agency reports:
On Mother’s Day, Pope Francis entrusted all mothers, including those in heaven, to the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
Speaking from the window of the Apostolic Palace on May 14, Pope Francis asked the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for a round of applause to celebrate all mothers.
“Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries today. Let us gratefully and affectionately remember all mothers, those who are still with us and those who have gone to heaven. We entrust them to Mary, the Mother of Jesus,” the pope said.
Pope Francis added that he was also turning to the Virgin Mary to ask her to “alleviate the suffering of battered Ukraine and of all the nations wounded by war and violence.”
He prayed in particular for an effective cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians. He said: “Security and stability are never obtained through the use of arms, but rather, every hope of peace will continue to be destroyed.”
In his reflection on Sunday’s Gospel, Pope Francis said that the Holy Spirit should be thought of as a constant “companion for life,” who is always there to bring God’s consolation, mercy, and strength.
“The Holy Spirit wants to stay with us: He is not a passing guest who comes to pay us a courtesy visit. He is a companion for life, a stable presence. He is the Spirit and desires to dwell in our spirits. He is patient and stays with us even when we fall. He remains because he truly loves us,” he said.
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