« Un cœur qui voit et transmet le bien sans se lasser »


Le pape François a demandé dimanche aux jeunes du monde entier d’introduire la prière dans leurs « chats » quotidiens et de faire de l’Évangile leur « navigateur » dans la vie. Le souverain pontife a utilisé le langage de l’informatique dans sa dernière homélie adressée à 2,5 millions de jeunes, selon les organisateurs, réunis pour la messe finale des Journées mondiales de la jeunesse célébrée à Brzegi, près de Cracovie.

La mémoire de Dieu, a-t-il dit, « n’est pas un disque dur qui enregistre toutes nos données, mais un cœur tendre de compassion qui se réjouit d’effacer définitivement toutes nos traces de mal ». En prêchant l’espérance, il a demandé aux jeunes de rejeter « la tristesse », un « virus qui infecte et bloque tout, qui ferme toute porte, qui empêche de relancer la vie, de recommencer ». Il leur a proposé aussi de renoncer au « dopage du succès à tout prix et à la drogue de penser seulement à ses propres aises ».

Dans la même veine, il a eu recours au langage informatique pour demander aux fidèles de rejeter « des liturgies mondaines du paraître et du maquillage de l’âme pour paraître meilleurs ». « Au contraire, installez bien la connexion la plus stable, celle d’un cœur qui voit et transmet le bien sans se lasser. » Dieu espère que « parmi tous les contacts et les chats de chaque jour, il y ait à la première place le fil d’or de la prière » et désire que « son Évangile devienne tien et qu’il soit ton navigateur sur les routes de la vie », a-t-il ajouté.


Toute la misère du monde est faite d’avarice

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D’une homélie pour ce dimanche sur Luc 12,13-21.

„Nous ne sommes pas seuls au monde. Tout nous vient de Dieu. Si le Créateur nous a confié tant de richesses, c’est pour que nous respections leur destination véritable qui est de contribuer au bonheur de tous. L’Évangile élargit nos perspectives en nous rappelant que nous sommes solidaires et dépendants. Nous avons la responsabilité d’être généreux.

Un confrère, le Père Yvon Veilleux, qui fut longtemps curé en paroisse, disait : ce sont toujours les pauvres qui donnent le plus. Les riches, eux, ils n’ont jamais assez pour donner.

Frères et sœurs, soyons riches, mais en vue de Dieu : soyons complices et partenaires de Celui qui nous a tout donné de lui-même, lui qui veut entre nous l’égalité, l’équité, la miséricorde, le partage. Isabelle Rivière écrivait : « Toute la misère du monde est faite d’avarice : la misère des corps, du refus de partager son bien; la misère des cœurs, du refus de partager son temps. Chacun avait besoin pour vivre, de ce qu’un autre a gardé pour lui et qui s’est gâté faute d’emploi. »”

Fr. Jacques Marcotte, o.p.

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The Pope in Auschwitz-Birkenau (2)

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The pontiff had earlier passed through the infamous gates of the concentration camp, emblazoned with the words “arbeit macht frei” – work sets you free – alone and on foot. Ironically, after two days of downpours and leaden skies since his arrival in Kraków, a bright sun shone on one of the darkest places on earth.

At Block 11, he was greeted by a dozen grey-haired survivors, stooped and frail, resting on sticks. He paused to kiss each of them, exchanging a few words, clasping hands.

One man presented him with a black and white photograph, apparently showing a group of gaunt inmates in the camp. The man pointed to the picture, and then to himself: this was me.

Another was Eva Umlauf, who was almost two years old when she was taken to Auschwitz in 1944. Her mother gave birth to Eva’s sister, Nora, at the camp shortly after it was liberated in January 1945. Seventy-two years later, Umlauf still bears her camp number, A26959, tattooed on her arm.

The last survivor in the line at Block 11 handed Francis a lit candle, which he carried to the “wall of death”, against which thousands of prisoners were shot. Reaching out to rest his right hand on the wall, he bowed his head.

The pope prays at Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial
The pope prays at Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP

He then descended steps to the bleak narrow corridors leading to Kolbe’s cell. After emerging from his contemplation, he wrote, in Spanish, in the Auschwitz memorial’s guest book: “Lord, have pity on your people. Lord, forgive so much cruelty.”

At the nearby Birkenau camp, part of the Auschwitz complex, the pope slowly passed along a monument to camp victims, situated between the ruins of the two biggest gas chambers and crematoria, pausing to read inscriptions in 23 languages. Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, hauntingly recited Psalm 130 in Hebrew: “Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord”.

Francis greeted more survivors and their families, many wearing blue striped scarves in an echo of camp uniforms. They were joined by dozens of Polish Catholics who had risked their lives to shelter Jews during the Nazi occupation of their country. The more agile knelt to kiss the pope’s hand.

Two girls, dressed in white with neat plaits hanging down their backs, were presented. One clutched a framed family portrait of their long-dead relatives, Józef and Wiktoria Ulma, who were shot along with their six children in 1942 for sheltering a group of Jews.

Pope Francis touches the ‘wall of death’, the scene of many thousands of executions.
Pope Francis touches the ‘wall of death’, the scene of many thousands of executions. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
Holocaust historians have identified about 1,000 Polish priests who rescued or harboured Jews, and about 300 convents or religious institutions used as hiding places. Priests passed hundreds of birth and baptism certificates of dead Polish Catholics to Jews to help them disguise their identity.

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, has acknowledged more than 6,500 Poles as “righteous gentiles” for risking their lives to save Jews.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and museum, 40 miles from Kraków, was founded in July 1947, two and a half years after the camp’s liberation by Soviet troops. It incorporates 150 buildings and 300 ruins, including the remains of the gas chambers and crematoria blown up by the Germans as Soviet forces were advancing. Last year, 1.72 million people visited the site.

Piotr Cywiński, the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial complex, said he respected the pope’s decision to remain silent.

“There are places and tragedies which make you at a loss for words, where actually there are no words to express what so many still see as unimaginable,” he said the day before the visit.

“This is a world which is desperately in need of a wise message, of being reminded of the fundamental human truths. Auschwitz and the tragedy of the Holocaust sensitise us acutely to these issues.”


No words as Pope Francis visits Auschwitz death camp in silence

A dim lamp threw light on to his hunched shoulders, clad in papal white. The bars of the cell door cast shadows along the stone floor, and a cross was faintly scratched in the wall.

Seventy-five years ago, when Francis was a four-year-old boy called Jorge living in Buenos Aires, this cell at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp was occupied by prisoner number 16770, Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan friar.

When 10 fellow inmates were selected to die in punishment for the escape of another prisoner, Kolbe stepped forward and volunteered his life instead of that of Franciszek Gajowniczek, who had cried out in anguish for his wife and children. Kolbe’s offer was accepted. He was thrown into the starvation bunker for two weeks and finally given a lethal injection on 14 August 1941.

He had signalled his intention to visit the memorial “without speeches, without crowds”. His simple plan was: “Alone, enter, pray. And may the Lord give me the grace to cry.”

In the shadows of the cell, his long silence was an eloquent tribute to the suffering of so many and a profound condemnation of evil. At the end of his prayers, he raised his head, crossed himself, stood and left.


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De vazut/Must see

De la minutul 22, intalnire cu supravietuitori ai lagarului si cu urmasi ai unor polonezi care si-au pierdut viata salvând evrei. De la min.31, la 38, rugaciunea papei in celula unde a murit sf. Maximilian Kolbe. Intr-un subsol vag luminat printr-o ferestruica cu gratii, locul unde se murea de foame si de sete; preotul polonez Kolbe era acolo fiindca luase locul altui detinut, parinte de familie, tras la sorti pentru acea pedeapsa.

Min 1h.30, la Birkenau, psalmul 129/130 (De profundis clamavi) cântat de rabinul sef al Poloniei si apoi recitat in polona de un preot catolic.