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Pope's Marian Day Mass: Families need to learn how to say 'thank you' and 'I'm sorry'

2013-10-14

More than 100,000 pilgrims filled St. Peter Square on Sunday as the Pope entrusted the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Reflecting on the faith of Our Lady, the Pope urged Christians to reject the short-term culture that has taken over marriage and faith.     


POPE FRANCIS 
"Am I a part-time Christian or am I a Christian full-time? The culture of the ephemeral, the relative, also affects the way we live our faith. Think of all the times when we were excited about something, a project or task, but afterward, at the first sign of difficulty, we throw in the towel. Sadly, this also happens in the case of life long decisions, like as marriage.” 

The Pope highlighted that actually staying true to one's decisions is about renewing the commitment every single day. He then added that showing gratitude is a big part of it. 

POPE FRANCIS 
 "How often do we say 'thank you' to one another in our families? These are essential words for our daily life: "Sorry,” "excuse me,” "thank you.” If families can say these three things, they will be just fine.” 

At the end of the Mass, Pope Francis prayed before the image of Our Lady of Fatima, who was flown into Rome from Portugal. He asked Her to look after the Church and especially for those who are suffering

POPE FRANCIS 
"Teach us to show your same love and preference for the weak and the poor, the marginalized and the suffering, for sinners and those whose hearts are lost.” 

This Mass concluded the Vatican's Marian Day celebrations, one of the major events organized to celebrate the Year of Faith. 


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