True, you cannot give it to yourself, but you can receive it as a gift. “Why are you afraid? Let us not quench the wavering flame (cf. Darkness and death do not have the last word. Those women, in the end, “took hold” of Jesus’ feet (Mt 28:9); feet that had travelled so far to meet us, to the point of entering and emerging from the tomb. VATICAN CITY STATE. It is encouraging to know that he walks ahead of us in life and in death; he goes before us to Galilee, that is, to the place which for him and his disciples evoked the idea of daily life, family and work. The grave is the place where no one who enters ever leaves. A painful memory, a hope cut short. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying “We are perishing” (v. 38), so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this. How many fathers, mothers, grandparents and teachers are showing our children, in small everyday gestures, how to face up to and navigate a crisis by adjusting their routines, lifting their gaze and fostering prayer. Pope Francis on Saturday held the 7 th ordinary public consistory of his pontificate to create 13 new cardinals who come from 8 nations of the world. Let us not quench the wavering flame (cf. NEWS SERVICES. While his disciples are quite naturally alarmed and desperate, he stands in the stern, in the part of the boat that sinks first. All you have to do is open your heart in prayer and roll away, however slightly, that stone placed at the entrance to your heart so that Jesus’ light can enter. On this boat… are all of us. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. This is always the point from which we can set out anew, especially in times of crisis and trial. Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress in a historic speech Thursday morning. They had not stopped believing in him; in fact, they called on him. It is addressed to us, today. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we flounder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. But we see how they call on him: “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” (v. 38). They had not stopped believing in him; in fact, they called on him. This is how the Gospel of this holy Vigil began: with the Sabbath. In every Galilee, in every area of the human family to which we all belong and which is part of us – for we are all brothers and sisters – may we bring the song of life! But there is more. Prayer and quiet service: these are our victorious weapons. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick. How many people every day are exercising patience and offering hope, taking care to sow not panic but a shared responsibility. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. You only need to ask him: “Jesus, come to me amid my fears and tell me too: Courage!” With you, Lord, we will be tested but not shaken. 5-6). It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others. Greedy for profit, we let ourselves get caught up in things, and lured away by haste. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick. You ask us not to be afraid. May we stop the production and trade of weapons, since we need bread, not guns. It only takes a minute. Let us try to understand. Francis Homilies 2020. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Galilee was the farthest region from where they were: from Jerusalem. He, who rolled away the stone that sealed the entrance of the tomb, can also remove the stones in our hearts. The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. He is not here; for he has risen” (vv.