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An ocean of desolation

“How many tears are shed every second in our world; each is
different but together they form, as it were, an ocean of desolation that cries
out for mercy, compassion and consolation.

The Holy Father noted this during
the prayer vigil to dry tears, which he led in the Vatican Basilica on Thursday
afternoon, 5 May, as a Jubilee initative
on the Solemnity of the Asenscion. After listening to several
testimonies of suffering that people have endured, the Pope gave a homily
emphasizing that, even in the midst of sufferin, “we are not alone. Jesus too,
he said, “knows what it means to cry.

“In the moment of confusion, dismay and tears, Christ’s heart
turned in prayer to the Father. Prayer
is the true medicine for our suffering.
In prayer, we too can feel God’s presence. The tenderness of his gaze comforts us; the
power of his word supports us and gives us hope.

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