Tuesday, 29 October 2019 02:21

Message delivered by Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines during the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary”


Message delivered by Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines during the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” held at the Don Bosco Technical Institue in Makati City, on October 25, 2019, at 8 in the morning.

Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines
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Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat! 

I'm so glad to be with you today and I thank the Salesians Father for welcoming in this beautiful building and school.

I thank the Aid of the Church in Need, Ambassador, President, and also the National Director for the kind words and explanation.

And I know that at the end of this meeting, you will receive as a gift a rosary but you will receive also to remember the presence of Pope Francis, one image. When you pray the rosary you also pray for Pope Francis that it can continue to guide the church as Saint Peter did with the other apostles at the very beginning. And if you are very good, you have to look at the image but also to turn it because, on this side, there is a prayer for Pope Francis. 

And today, I bring to you the greetings of Pope Francis who by the way was in the Philippines four years ago. Maybe you remember, some of you. So, in life or through the television

I bring also the gratitude because you answered this appeal for prayer together with the other children all over the world and especially, in the end, I will give you his apostolic blessing to continue to be good Christians and good citizens.

I will just say three simple things because we are here around Mary. You see, we brought the statue, and I have to ask you, "Did Mary understand everything that happened to Jesus during his life, yes or not?" (crowd answers)

No, the answer is no. She couldn't always understand what was going on with her and with Jesus when it got lost in Jerusalem and they found Mary and Joseph after three days. She couldn't understand the answer that Jesus gave but what she did, she treasures all the things in her heart and ponder and think about it. 

So, the first teaching today from Mary is, when you don't understand something about the life, the words of Jesus, just keep that words in your heart and keep asking yourself, "why?" and you will find an answer. That's why we pray the rosary with the mysteries of the life of Jesus so that we can understand the life of Jesus and find answers also to our life.

Second, how many mysteries in the life of Jesus are there? (crowd answers). Many, five but there is the Mystery of Joy, the Mystery of Light, the Mystery of Sorrow, and the Mystery of Glory. Our life is the same. We have joy and yet suffering. 

When you are very happy because you get a very good note, you go home and you say, "Mama, Oh, wonderful. I passed the exam." Wonderful note. Correct? Do you do that? (crowd answers)

And when you have pain or something get wrong, you go home and say "Mama, I'm feelin' bad, please help me." Do you do that? (crowd answers)

And so, Mary is teaching us today to live joy and suffering with her. She's always there to share our joy and to help in our sufferings.

And third and the last thing, do you have brothers and sisters? (crowd answers) You get along always well? (crowd answers) You fight sometimes? (crowd answers) When you fight, your mother, your mom is happy or unhappy? (crowd answers)

When Mary, the mother of all, see their children fighting at war, she's happy or unhappy? (crowd answers)

So, when we pray Mary, we have to ask to be at peace and united that's why we are here to pray for unity and peace. A mother is always happy when the children are united and are at peace.

So, let us start our prayer asking Mary first to help us to understand the life of Jesus deeply and understand our life.

Second, let us always live our joy and sufferings together with Mary like a mother.

And third, make us doing something which makes Mary happy because we are united and we are at peace. 

And may God bless you all! (RCAM - Archdiocesan Office of Communications)

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