“Let nothing disturb you; Let nothing dismay you;
All things pass; God never changes.
Patience attains All that it strives for. The one who has God Finds they lack for nothing:God alone suffices.”
St. Teresa of Avila
One of the most famous speeches of Pope John, is now known as "the Sermon on the moon. On 11 October 1962, in the evening of the Second Vatican Council, St Peter's Square was packed with faithful who, while not fully understand the value of the event,they perceived the impact on the course of history, the great expectations, and they were in place symbol of cattolicesimo . loudly called to look, Pope Roncalli, appeared at the window to share with people the satisfaction in order to achieve the first goal: had opened the Council.
The speech was poetic, sweet, simple, and yet contained elements innovative at all.
At the time that would have given a new course to a different order of relations among Christians, but also between believers and non-believers, with a point overtime, before dismissing the crowd, he greeted the moon:
"Dear children, I hear your voices. Mine is one voice, but summarizes the voice of the whole world. Here the whole world is represented. One could say that even the moon was rushed tonight, to look at this show, which not even the Basilica of St. Peter, that has four centuries of history, has never been able to contemplate. "
"My person is nothing, is a brother who speaks to you, become a father by the will of Our Lord, but all together, fatherhood and brotherhood and grace of God, we honor impressions of this evening, which are always our feelings, as now we express them in front of sky, and in front of the Earth: Faith, Hope, Charity and Love of God, Love of the Brothers. And then all at once, aided so, in the holy peace of the Lord, to works of Good. "
'Returning home, you will find children. Give a caress your childrens and say: this is the caress of the Pope. You will find some tears to dry, say a good word: the Pope is with us, especially in times of sadness and bitterness. "
The Pope now lived with the faithful square, he shared the evening of late summer, he was participating in the suffering under that unexpected moon; the Church was really much more community than it had ever been in the past. The faithful had the Pope between them, with them. Another reason why the meeting reconcile began its work
My Friends we live in a time and place where we as catholics as Matthew Kelly says we have forgotten our story, and we are allowing others to tell our story for us. As the people of God as the "The Church" we must tell our story, who we are and whose we are.
Jesus tells us in the Gospel this weekend to gather in his name, to gather together as his people. St. Paul says that in gathering we must love one another, and in doing so fulfill the law of Christ, "Love one another as I have loved you"!
This is a great message of hope for us as catholics today, to remember our call to love, to love one another to love the church. St. Paul again tells us how to love in his 2nd letter the the Corinthians, to be patient, kind, not envious, or boastful, and to remember that love never ends. It never ends because God is love.
As Catholics we must never forget that we are the church, it is not about the sins of her members, are they a part of it yes, but it is not the church. The church is about us and all the millions of good things done each day in her name, clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, visiting the sick and in imprisoned, etc. that is the church, and we are a past of it. Let us love one another.