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Allocution, Sunday, September 13

Allocution Sunday, September 13.

 

Thank you to everyone who makes this allocution possible on this Sunday, September 13.

Today in all the Catholic churches of the world this fragment of the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, chapter 18, verses 21 to 35, is read.

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We already know from our own experience that forgiving takes a lot of work. When the offense comes from a person we love and have helped a lot in life. And when faced with an offense, revenge can arise in our people and return evil for evil or the attitude of not speaking more to the offender, the one who has crucified us, or not helping him more if he needs it. In the face of all these negative feelings and desires, Jesus Christ emerges with his teaching of forgiveness.

Gospel Saint Luke 23,34…

Forgiveness solves everything.

If the husband and wife argue, they get offended during the day, at nightfall, if they talk, they ask for forgiveness, the first happiness, lost due to the fight, returns to the house and everything is resolved.

If days, nights, weeks, months pass, a grudge grows and makes life bitter and the more time passes, the more difficult it is to recover love first.

When two brothers fight over an inheritance or do not agree, the mother, who carried them both in her womb, is the one who suffers the most. He cries more than the one who lost the unfair fight.

Years ago in a street ball game, in a play in which it was not clear whether it was out or safe, two players attacked each other. An older woman was passing by on the sidewalk and when she saw the fight, she got between the two who were fighting.

The punches of one thrown at the other hit the old woman’s face and the punches of the other in response did not go to the contestant, but to the old woman’s face.

The remaining baseball players, upon managing to separate those who were fighting, had to take the elderly woman, in serious condition, to the hospital. The old woman was the mother of the two who wanted to harm each other over a silly argument, but they harmed the mother. When there are fights between siblings, the one who suffers the most is the mother. The old woman’s sisters lit candles for the Virgin of Charity and thank God the old woman recovered and the brothers asked each other and their mother for forgiveness.

If you have conflicts at home, in the neighborhood, at work, in the Church, give a cake to the other party and peace, harmony and brotherhood will begin.

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A little boy had a very bad character. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his patience he should drive a nail behind the door.

The first day, the little boy hammered 37 nails behind the door. In the weeks that followed, as he learned to control his temper, he hammered fewer and fewer nails behind the door. Until he discovered that it was easier to control his temper than to hammer nails behind the door.

The day came when he could control his temper throughout the day. After informing his father, he suggested that he remove a nail each day that he managed to control his temper.

The days passed and the young man was able to announce to his father that there were no more nails left to remove from the door… His father took him by the hand and led him to the door. He said, “You have worked hard, my son, but look at all those holes in the door. It will never be the same”.

Every time you lose patience, you leave scars exactly like the ones you see here. You can insult someone and make excuses, but the scar will remain forever. A verbal offense is as harmful as a physical offense.

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To correct the brother who has made a mistake, Jesus suggests a pedagogy of recovery, and always the pedagogy of Jesus is the pedagogy of recovery, always recovering, always saving. This recovery pedagogy is articulated in three passages. First it says in the Gospel: “Rebuke him between you and him alone”, that is, do not put his sin before everyone. It is about going to the brother with discretion, not to judge him, but to help him realize what he has done.

How many times have we had this experience, that someone comes and tells us: Look, you have made a mistake in this, you should change a little in this. Maybe at first we get angry and then we are grateful because it is a gesture of brotherhood, communion, help, recovery…

It is not easy to put this teaching of Jesus into practice, for several reasons. There is a fear that the brother or sister will react badly; sometimes there is not enough trust with him or her… And other reasons. Sometimes when we have done this, we have felt that it was the way of the Lord.

However, it may happen that, despite my good intentions, the first intervention fails. In this case it is a good idea not to give up – “let him manage it, I’ll wash my hands”, no, this is not Christian – not to give up, but to resort to the support of another brother or sister. Jesus says: “If he does not listen to you, take one or two with you, so that every matter may be settled by the word of two or three witnesses.”

Although it may seem against the accused, it actually serves to protect him from false accusers. But Jesus goes further: the two witnesses are asked not to accuse and judge, but to help. Let’s agree, you and I, and let’s go talk to this person who is doing something wrong, let’s go as brothers and talk, this is the attitude of recovery that Jesus wants.

Let’s think about an example: when we see a mistake or a defect, a mistake on the part of a brother or sister, generally the first thing we do is go tell it to others, to gossip. And gossip closes the heart of the community, it closes the unity of the Church, the great talker is the devil, who always says bad things about others because he is a liar who seeks to disunite the Church, seeks to alienate those brothers and not make community. Please, brothers and sisters, let’s make an effort not to gossip. Gossip is an uglier pest than COVID, worse. Let’s make an effort, no gossip, no gossip. Pope Francisco.

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An Indian teacher asks his disciples: Why do people yell at each other when they are angry?

Because we lose our cool, said one. –That’s why we scream.

But… why shout when the other person is next to you? the teacher asked.

Is it not possible to speak to him in a low voice? Why do you yell at a person when you are angry?

The disciples gave some other answers, but none of them satisfied the teacher.

Finally the teacher explained:

When two people are angry, their hearts are very far apart. To cover that distance they must shout, to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the louder they will have to scream to hear each other over that great distance.

Then the teacher asked: What happens when two people fall in love? They do not shout at each other, but rather speak softly to each other.

Because? Because their hearts are so close. The distance between them is very small.

The teacher continued. When they fall even more in love, what happens?

They don’t talk, they just whisper and feel closer in love. Finally they just look at each other and that’s it. That’s right, how close two people are when they love each other.

Then the teacher said:

When you argue, don’t let your hearts drift away. Don’t say words that distance you further. There will come a day when the distance will be so much that you will no longer find your way back.

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Our father,
that you are in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
let your kingdom come;
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread;
forgive our offenses against You by disobeying Your commandments,
as we forgive those who have slandered and harmed us,

do not let us fall into the temptation of revenge,
and free us from this pandemic and all kinds of resentment. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you;
You are blessed between all womans,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
Pray for us sinners and for all those sick with the coronavirus,
now and in the now of our death. Amen.

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