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Santa Marta: Have the Courage to “€œAccuse Yourself”€

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Santa Marta: Have the Courage to “€œAccuse Yourself”€


During the Mass, which Pope Francis celebrated in the Chapel of Saint Martha”€™s Residence in the Vatican on September 28, 2017, he invited to have the “€œcourage to “€œaccuse oneself. It”€™s about not being afraid to “€œtell the truth about our life,”€ because the Lord “€œforgives.”€

In his homily, reported by Vatican Radio in Italian, the Holy Father commented on the day”€™s Gospel (Luke 9:7-9), where Herod sought to see Jesus. He “€œfelt in himself”€ something that wasn”€™t “€œcuriosity”€ but “€œremorse in his soul . . . in his heart.”€ He wanted to see Jesus to be reassured.”€

Remorse of the conscience isn”€™t “€œonly remembering something”€ but “€œa wound,”€ “€œa hidden wound, that”€™s not seen,”€ which is the result of something “€œbad”€ that man has done in his life.

Sometimes, the Pontiff observed, one “€œdoesn”€™t see it, because one is used to bearing it and one is anaesthetized. But it”€™s there, “€œinside. And “€œwhen that wound hurts, we feel remorse. Not only are we conscious of having done wrong, but we feel it: we feel it in our heart, we feel it in our body, in our soul, in our life.”€

Putting us on guard against “€œthe temptation to cover it up so as not to feel it any longer,”€ the Pontiff exhorted to “€œhave the courage,”€ to “€œlearn the science, the wisdom of accusing oneself. I accuse myself, I feel the pain of the wound, I do everything to know from where that symptom comes and then I accuse myself.”€

It”€™s “€œa grace to feel that our conscience accuses us, tells us something,”€ he said. “€œWe must “€“ permit me the expression “€“ “€˜baptize”€™ the wound, that is, give it a name. Where do you have your wound? “€˜What should I do, Father, to bring it to the fore?”€ First of all, pray: “€˜Lord, have pity on me for I am a sinner.”€™ The Lord listens to your prayer. Then examine your life. “€˜If I don”€™t see how and where this suffering is; where it comes from; that there is a symptom, what should I do? Ask for help from someone who can help you . . . to bring the wound to the fore and to give it a name.”€™”€

To give the wound a name, that is, “€œI have this remorse of conscience because I did that, concretely . . . it”€™s true humility before God and God is moved in face of what is concrete.

Concluding, Pope Francis invited to “€œnot be afraid of remorse of conscience,”€ not to seek to “€œcover it up, to put makeup on it, to dissimulate it, to hide it,”€ because “€œ”€it”€™s a symptom of health.”€ It”€™s necessary “€œto make the truth come out,”€ it”€™s thus that one heals.”€


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