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· ​In Pordenone the Secretary of State speaks about meekness and humility ·

Computer technicians would call it a “reset”. This is what Cardinal Pietro Parolin said to Christians in Pordenone on Sunday, 28 August, during the Mass he celebrated in St Mark’s Co-cathedral. “Perhaps a certain worldly mentality has broken into our way of thinking”, the Secretary of State said, adding that we might have “difficulty in finding the right path” and perhaps have “lost the safe way”, relying “with misplaced generosity on countless experimentations, spending a great deal of time and consuming a lot of energy and effort, without recognizing the best and easiest way”.

The opportunity to start over, the right key to press “in order to redirect our whole being towards Jesus”, comes to us through the Jubilee of Mercy. The Cardinal referred to the beautiful 16th century image of Mary the Mother of Mercy that is kept in the Co-Cathedral – in which she spreads her mantle over her faithful –, to remind those present that “if we become capable of charitable and freely-given acts”, if we become a “sign of mercy”, recognizing “the face of Jesus in the poor, the sick, the imprisoned and the suffering”, then Jesus will enter into the story of each person and their “quality of life will become incomparably better”.

Cardinal Parolin advised this as precisely “the great secret of existence”, for which, “if we really want to find peace and carry out our life”, we must “place our hopes and concerns in God” and make ourselves “imitators of his son Jesus”.

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