El Papa Francisco propone 3 acciones esenciales para la pastoral vocacional

El Papa Francisco propone 3 acciones esenciales para la pastoral vocacional

VATICANO, 21 Oct. 16 / 07:54 am (ACI).- “Ustedes son los principales responsables de la vocación cristiana y sacerdotal, y esta tarea no se puede relegar a un trabajo burocrático”, dijo el Papa Francisco a los obispos y sacerdotes.

El Pontífice hizo esta afirmación durante la audiencia concedida en el Palacio Apostólico del Vaticano a los participantes en la Convención Internacional de Pastoral Vocacional, organizada por la Congregación para el Clero.

Antes de referirse a las tres acciones que deben guiar la pastoral vocacional, el Papa dijo que “es triste cuando un sacerdote vive sólo para sí mismo, cerrado en la fortaleza segura de la rectoría, de la sacristía o de un grupo restringido de ‘leales’. Al contrario, estamos llamados a ser pastores en medio del pueblo, capaces de animar una pastoral dirigida al encuentro, de dedicar tiempo a acoger y a escuchar a todos, especialmente a los jóvenes”.

“Cuando acogemos a Cristo –indicó Francisco–, vivimos un encuentro decisivo que ilumina nuestra existencia, nos libra de nuestra angustia, nos saca fuera de nuestro pequeño mundo y nos transforma en discípulos enamorados del Maestro”.

El Santo Padre subrayó que “la pastoral vocacional supone aprender el estilo de Jesús, que pasa por los lugares de la vida cotidiana, se detiene sin prisa y, recibiendo a los hermanos con misericordia, les conduce al encuentro con Dios Padre”.

De este modo, el Señor “recorre ciudades y pueblos y va al encuentro de los que sufren para dar esperanza al pueblo. Es el ‘Dios con nosotros’ que vive junto a las casas de sus hijos y que no teme mezclarse entre las multitudes de nuestras ciudades, convirtiéndose en levadura nueva allí donde la gente lucha por una vida diferente”.

Tres acciones esenciales

Salir, ver y llamar son los tres verbos que, según el Papa Francisco, caracterizan la pastoral vocacional, “un encuentro con el Señor”.

1.- Salir

En primer lugar, “salir”. El Obispo de Roma afirmó que “la pastoral vocacional necesita de una Iglesia en movimiento capaz de agrandar sus horizontes, midiéndolos no mediante la estrechez del cálculo humano, o con miedo a cometer errores, sino con la gran medida del corazón misericordioso de Dios”.

“No puedo esparcir una semilla que dé frutos de vocaciones si nos quedamos simplemente cerrados en el ‘siempre he hecho cosas’, sin ‘ser audaces y creativos en la tarea de repensar los objetivos, las estructuras, el estilo y el método evangelizador de la propia comunidad’”, como se indica en la exhortación pastoral Evangelii Gaudium.

“Debemos aprender a salir de nuestra rigidez que nos hace incapaces de comunicar la alegría del Evangelio”, aseveró.

2.- Ver

En segundo lugar, ver. “Cuando pasa por el camino, Jesús se detiene y cruza su mirada con la de otros, sin prisas”, recordó. “Eso es lo que resulta tan atrayente y fascinante en su llamada”.

“Hoy en día, lamentablemente, las prisas y la velocidad de los estímulos a los que estamos sometidos, nos impiden, muchas veces, dejar espacio al silencio interior en el que se escucha el eco de la llamada del Señor”.

3.- Llamar

La tercera acción que analizó el Papa fue “llamar”. Se trata de “un verbo típico de la vocación cristiana. Jesús no hace largos discursos, no detalla un programa al cual adherirse, no ofrece respuestas preconcebidas. Remitiéndonos a Mateo, se limita a decir ‘¡Sígueme!’. De este modo, suscita en él una fascinación, la necesidad de establecer una nueva meta”.

Francisco explicó que “el deseo de Jesús es poner a las personas en camino, sacarlas de un sedentarismo letal, romper la ilusión de que se puede vivir felizmente quedándose cómodamente sentado en la propia seguridad”.

En octubre de 2018 tendrá lugar el próximo Sínodo de los Obispos con el tema “Los jóvenes, la fe y el discernimiento vocacional”.

Se busca de este modo acompañar a los jóvenes en su camino vital hacia la madurez, de tal forma que, por medio de un proceso de discernimiento, puedan descubrir con alegría su proyecto de vida, así como ayudarles a descubrir la apertura del encuentro de Dios con los hombres, en consonancia con la dirección marcada por la exhortación apostólica Amoris Laetitia.

Fuente: https://www.aciprensa.com/noticias/papa-francisco-la-pastoral-vocacional-no-puede-ser-un-trabajo-burocratico-70872/

Pope Francis to Young Consecrated Men and Women- September 17, 2015

Pope Francis to Young Consecrated Men and Women- September 17, 2015

pope(The English transcription of the dialogue of Pope Francis with participants in the International Congress for Consecrated Young People on 17th September, 2015.)

Good morning!

I thank you. The Cardinal Prefect told me that you are 5,000 consecrated young people. I will begin with the questions that you prepared and that you had the courtesy to send me.

However, first of all, I know that among you there are consecrated from Iraq and from Syria. I would like to begin with a thought for our martyrs of Iraq and of Syria; they are our martyrs of today. Perhaps you know many or a few … Some days ago, in the Square, an Iraqi priest approached me and gave me a small cross: it was the cross that the priest who was beheaded had in his hand for not denying Jesus Christ. I carry this cross here …

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Priesthood a Call of Love – Pope Francis

Priesthood a Call of Love – Pope Francis

Pope to the New Priests on 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations

homily in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, April 26, 2015

Beloved Brothers,

pope ordainsThese our sons have been called to the dignity of the Priesthood. It will do us good to reflect a little on the ministry to which they will be elevated in the Church. As you well know, the Lord Jesus is the one and only Great High Priest of the New Testament; but in him, God has made his entire holy people a royal priesthood. All of us! Nevertheless, among his disciples, the Lord Jesus wills to choose certain ones to carry out a priestly office publicly in the Church, in his name and on behalf of mankind, in order that they may continue his personal mission as Teacher, Priest and Shepherd.

As, indeed, for this reason He was sent by the Father, He thus, in his turn, sent into the world first the Apostles, then the Bishops and their successors, to whom he ultimately gave the presbyters as collaborators. Joined with them in the priestly ministry, they are called to the service of the People of God.

They have reflected upon this vocation of theirs, and now come to receive the holy orders of the presbytery. And the bishop takes a risk — he risks! — in choosing them, as the Father risked for each one of us.

Indeed, in being configured to Christ the eternal High Priest, and joined to the priesthood of their Bishop, they will be consecrated as true priests of the New Testament, to preach the Gospel, to shepherd God’s people, to preside at worship, and especially to celebrate the Lord’s Sacrifice.

For your part, you who are about to be raised to the Order of the Priesthood, consider that in exercising the ministry of sacred doctrine you will share in the mission of Christ, the one Teacher. Impart to everyone the Word of God which you have received with joy. Diligently read and meditate on the Word of the Lord, that you may believe what you read, teach what you have learned in faith, and practice what you teach.

May this be the nourishment of the People of God; may your homilies not be boring; may your homilies touch the heart of the people because they come from your heart, because what you’re telling them is what you carry in your heart. It is in this way that the Word of God is passed on and thus your teaching will be a joy and support to Christ’s faithful; the fragrance of your lives will be your testimony, because examples edify, whereas words without examples are empty, mere ideas that never reach the heart and even do harm: they do no good! May you continue the sanctifying work of Christ. Through your ministry, the spiritual sacrifice of the faithful is made perfect for it is united to the sacrifice of Christ, which, through your hands, in the name of the whole of the Church, is offered up in a bloodless way on the altar in the celebration of the Holy Mysteries.

When you celebrate the Mass, understand, therefore, what you do. Do not do it in haste! Imitate what you celebrate — it is not an artificial rite, an artificial ritual — so that, participating in the Mystery of the Lord’s death and Resurrection, you may bear the death of Christ in your members and walk with Him in the newness of life.

Through Baptism you gather new faithful into the People of God. Baptism should never be refused to a person who asks for it! Through the Sacrament of Penance you forgive sins in the name of Christ and the Church. And I, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord and of his Spouse, the Holy Church, ask you all to never tire of being merciful. You are in the confessional to forgive, not to condemn! Imitate the Father who never tires of forgiving. With Chrism oil you will comfort the sick; in celebrating the sacred rites and raising up the prayer of praise and supplication at various hours of the day, you will become the voice of the People of God and of all humanity.

Remembering that you have been chosen from among men and constituted on their behalf to attend to the things of God, exercise the priestly ministry of Christ with joy and genuine love, with the sole intention of pleasing God and not yourselves. It is unseemly when a priest lives for his own pleasure and “struts like a peacock”!

Finally, participating in the mission of Christ, Head and Shepherd, in filial communion with your Bishop, seek to bring the faithful together into one single family — may you be ministers of unity in the Church, in the family — so that you may lead it to God the Father through Christ in the Holy Spirit. Always keep before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd who came not to be served but to serve, not to rest in his own comforts but to go forth, and who came to find and save those who were lost.

Pope to the Seminarians and Novices

Pope to the Seminarians and Novices

Pope Francis Address to Seminarians and Novices

pope francis1(July 09, 2013.  Pope Francis’ addressed the seminarians, novices and young people who took part in the Year of Faith pilgrimage entitled “I Trust in You”).

Good evening!

I asked Archbishop Fisichella if you understood Italian and he told me that you all have the translation. I am somewhat calmed.

I thank Archbishop Fisichella for his words and I also thank him for his work: he has worked so much not only to do this but for all that he has done and will do in the Year of Faith. Thank you so much!

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