Pope: In the Via Crucis of life no one can walk alone
By Lisa Zengarini
“Teamwork is able to ensure that everyone's different abilities converge in a final result that belongs to everyone”, said Pope Francis on Saturday, recalling that in the “Via Crucis of life” no one can walk alone.
The Pope was addressing a delegation of the Catholic Foundation “Madre de la Esperanza de Talavera de la Reina” of Toledo, Spain, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The Foundation was founded in 1973 to assist people with intellectual disabilities and their families in all stages of their lives, and to foster their social and labour inclusion, through vocational training so they can acquire skills for an independent life.
The “journey of life” is like the Way of the Cross
Taking his cue from the traditional Via Crucis representation the Foundation organizes every year in Toledo at Easter, and involving the people with intellectual disabilities it assists, Pope Francis noted that the “journey of life” is like the Way of the Cross: “In life, as in the Via Crucis we all have a job and a task", and "Jesus rejoices in our effort and in the love that we are capable of transmitting”.
Together with Jesus we can do many good things
Commenting on a photograph of the last Via Crucis organized by the Foundation, in which Jesus was represented with his hands tied and a cross embroidered into a small scapular, the Pope noted that “Jesus dresses like this so that we may realize that many brothers and sisters at our sides don't feel capable of doing what others can do, and believe their hands are tied”.
"But this is not true: together with Jesus, we can do many good things," Pope Francis remarked. "In this way you are the hands of Jesus, when you work together."
The embroidered cross on Jesus’ scapular, “invites you to dream of the Resurrection”, the Pope continued. “And our cross - that is, our effort, patience, fatigue - results in a beautiful work of art, full of colour and hope, which, lit in our hearts, gives us strength and encourages us to go forward.”
Pope Francis, therefore ,concluded by encouraging the Foundation to continue to “work in unity" and to thank the Lord with joy, because "Jesus has chosen us for this great mission.”
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