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 ...
Because this is God's strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies.
A time to choose...
You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing. It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not.
We have an anchor: by his cross we have been saved. We have a rudder: by his cross we have been redeemed. We have a hope: by his cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and no one can separate us from his redeeming love.
Do not be afraid!
Tell us again: "Do not be afraid!" And we, together with Peter, cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us.
We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we flounder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars.