Pope at Mass in Canada: “Jesus leads us from failure to hope and healing”

Pope at Mass in Canada: “Jesus leads us from failure to hope and healing”

Celebrating Mass in splendor at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in eastern Canada, near Quebec, Pope Francis recalls that Jesus always walks with us to help us overcome our failures and hope in God.

By Devin Watkins

At the beginning of the fifth day of his apostolic journey to Canada, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the national shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, about 30 kilometers east of Quebec.

The Pope traveled by car to North America’s oldest pilgrimage site, first built in 1658 to house a miraculous statue of Jesus’ grandmother.

In his sermonPope Francis reflected on the conclusion of the Gospel of Luke, which tells of the journey of the disciples to Emmaus and their encounter with Jesus, whom they did not recognize at first.

Pope Francis prays at Mass

Pope Francis prays at Mass

failure along the way

The pope said the disciples’ experience began with their despair and sadness at the apparent failure of Jesus’ plan, but ended with the birth of a new hope after Jesus accompanied them as a fellow traveler.

“Whenever our failure leads to an encounter with the Lord, life and hope are born again and we can be reconciled: with ourselves, with our brothers and sisters and with God.”

Like the disciples, we too can fail in our own spiritual journey when our plans fail, when we abandon our high ideals because of our own shortcomings, or when we feel weighed down by our sins.

Pope Francis said the communion experiences similar setbacks when faced with “the scandal of evil and violence that led to Calvary.”

Catholics at Mass in the Shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupré.

Catholics at Mass in the Shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupré.

Trapped in sorrow and regret

The temptation in such moments of doubt and failure is to flee and take refuge in sadness and regret.

“[Fleeing] is a temptation that comes from the enemy who threatens our spiritual path and that of the Church, because he wants us to think that all our mistakes are now irreversible.”

However, said Pope Francis, the gospel teaches us that Jesus comes by our side at precisely these moments of failure and teaches us to see events in a new light.

He noted that the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré basilica was rebuilt three times, once after a devastating fire. But the believers in the area kept dreaming and set out “with courage and creativity”.

Priests concelebrate the Pope's Mass

Priests concelebrate the Pope’s Mass

Reconciliation and Healing in Christ

Jesus, Pope Francis said, opens our eyes to the reality behind our perceived flaws by breaking bread and putting us back on the right path.

“What should we do when we endure spiritual and material trials, when we seek the way to a more just and fraternal society, when we strive to recover from our disappointments and weariness, when we hope to be healed from past wounds to become and to become? be reconciled to God and to one another?”

The answer lies within Jesus himself, the Pope said, since he always comes to us “to show us the way to healing and reconciliation”.

Tender maternal love of Mary

Pope Francis encouraged the Church in Canada to look to the Virgin Mary and the other women of Easter morning who showed the disciples the truth about Jesus’ resurrection.

“The tender maternal love of so many women can accompany us—as a church—into a new and fruitful time, putting behind so much barrenness and death and putting Jesus crucified and risen back center stage,” he said.

If we put Jesus back at the center of our life and faith, Pope Francis concluded, then we can be reconciled “with God, with others and with ourselves” and become “instruments of reconciliation and peace in our societies”.

Complete video of the Mass at the National Shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupré

Video of the arrival at the National Shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupré in Quebec

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