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The Spark Of Mercy

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The Spark Of Mercy

“€œDuring this Mass, let us pray for all the victims of the recent terrorist attacks. Let us pray for the priest who was murdered today while celebrating the Eucharist in France”€. These were the words of Cardinal Stanisl‚aw Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow, to some 500,000 young people gathered in on the banks of the river Vistula, for the opening Mass of the 31st World Youth Day on Tuesday, 26 July.

During the Mass silence and emotion instantly took the
place of the engaging festivity. Looking from face to face, all wet with tears and rain, the Cardinal greeted them in several languages, welcoming them to the city. He sought to direct everyones feelings towards one common attitude: “€œYou
bring many desires. You speak numerous languages. But starting today we are going to communicate with each other in the language of the Gospel. This is a language of love, brotherhood, solidarity and peace”€.

Collective prayer was the young people”€™s response to both the barbaric killing of Fr Jacques Hamel in Rouen and to the sowing of hatred and of death that has lately been affecting Europe, which seems to have no boundaries. “€œAmong us”€, Cardinal Dziwisz said in his homily, “€œare also young people from countries whose people
are suffering due to wars and other kinds of conflicts, where children are starving to death and where Christians are brutally persecuted. Among us are young pilgrims from parts of the world that are ruled by violence and blind terrorism”€. He then directed a message of hope to everyone: “€œ”€™We can do all things through Him who strengthens us”€™ (Phil 4:13). We can face the challenges
of the modern world, in which man chooses between faith and disbelief, good and evil, love and its rejection”€. This can be done, he added, through carrying “€œthe spark of mercy”€.


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