The Pope's Sunday angelus
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday recalled the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, saying this tragic event "still arouses horror and repulsion" in us many years later.
The Pope said these attacks have become the symbol of the enormous destructive power of humanity when it makes a distorted use of scientific and technical progress and serves as a lasting warning to us.
Then turning to the situation in El Salvador, Pope Francis spoke of his deep concern for the suffering of the population there as a result of the famine, the economic crisis and growing violence.
The Pope’s remarks came in an appeal following the Angelus prayer addressed to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. In his address before the Angelus, the Pope spoke of how faith only blooms if we allow our hearts to be opened by God’s love.
Commenting on the Sunday Gospel, in which Jesus tells the crowd that “no one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me,” the Pope said Christ’s words introduce “the dynamics of faith.” He stressed that “it is not enough to meet Jesus to believe in Him, it’s not enough to read the Bible, the Gospel, it’s not even enough to witness a miracle.”
The Pope said many people were in close contact with Jesus and “still did not believe in him and actually even despised and condemned him.” He explained that this occurred because “their hearts were closed to the work of the Holy Spirit. Instead, faith, which is like a seed in the depths of our heart, blooms when we allow ourselves to be drawn by God towards Jesus, and we go to Him with an open mind and with no prejudices.”
Pope Francis said with “this attitude of faith” we can also understand Jesus’ words when he describes himself as the “bread of life.” Whoever is drawn by this love of God goes towards Jesus with faith and receives from him eternal life.
The Pope concluded by saying the person who lived our this experience “in an exemplary manner was Mary, the virgin of Nazareth, the first human person who believed in God by welcoming Jesus in the flesh.”
“Let us learn from her example,” he said.