With or Without Gelato or Cappuccino Together, We Are All Children of God

Pope Laments Not Being Able to Meet John 17 Movement Yet in Person

With or Without Gelato or Cappuccino Together, We Are All Children of God
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“The John 17 Movement is about those who, around the table, drinking a cappuccino, dining or eating a gelato, discover they are brothers,” Pope Francis has said.

The Pontiff’s observation came in a June 9 videomessage to the participants in the retreat promoted by John 17 Movement taking place online at the Saint Joseph’s Seminary in New York on the theme “Relational Reconciliation, a New Path for the Reconciliation of Christians” (Jn 17:13-17).

This recognition of brotherhood, the Argentine Pontiff clarified, is not on account of one’s color, nationality, place of origin, nor the different forms in which they live out their faith, “but as children of the one same Father.”

Even if No Ice Cream or Coffee

“And even if there is no table, even if there is no cappuccino, even if there is no ice cream, even if there is no coffee,” he pointed out, “we are still brothers, and we must say this to each other.”

“We are children of the one same Father,” he said.

Addressing those watching as friends, Francis underscored that love “is an encounter of life, first with the Lord Jesus, with the person of Jesus, and from there on, from that encounter of love, friendship, brotherhood and the certainty of being children of the same Father are born.”

We Christians Can Change the World

Francis praised life that is shared and dedicated to a higher purpose, noting this type of love “can change the world!” Everything, he observed, starts from a fraternal encounter and with love that can change us.

“Together in love, we Christians can change the world, we can change ourselves, because God is Love!” he exclaimed.

Hopefully Later This Year

The Holy Father acknowledged they had a date to meet in recent months and the pandemic did not permit this. “We will meet later, hopefully soon, before the end of the year,” he said.

Pope Francis urged them to continue this walk together, sharing life and brotherly love, noting: “The John 17 Movement and the testimony you have shared with me each time we have met gives me hope and gives me joy.”

The Pope concluded offering his blessing, and saying: “please do not forget to pray for me, because this work is not easy at all. See you soon!”

Here is the full Vatican-provided English working translation of the Pope’s remarks:

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Dear friends of the John 17 Movement,

I know that you are gathered in New York at Saint Joseph’s Seminary, whose Rector is Bishop James Massa, with the participation of Cardinal Joseph Tobin. I greet you cordially and thank you for your commitment to John 17. It is a special retreat on “Relational Reconciliation, a New Way to Christian Reconciliation” (cf. Jn 17: 13-17).

At the Pentecost vigil, organised by the CHARIS Commission for Christian Unity, at the moment broadcast to the whole world from Jerusalem, I recalled just how moved I was by the expression in the Acts of the Apostles with which they described the first Christian community as those who met it: “See how they love each other”.

The John 17 Movement is about those who, around the table, drinking a cappuccino, dining or eating a gelato, discover they are brothers, not on account of their colour, nor their nationality, nor their place of origin, nor the different forms in which they live out their faith, but as children of the one same Father. And even if there is no table, even if there is no cappuccino, even if there is no ice cream, even if there is no coffee, because there is poverty and there is way, we are still brothers, and we must say this to each other. Without thinking of our place of origin, or of our nationality, or of the colour of our skin: we are children of the one same Father.

Love has no need for profound theological knowledge, which is however necessary. Love is an encounter of life, first with the Lord Jesus, with the person of Jesus, and from there on, from that encounter of love, friendship, brotherhood and the certainty of being children of the same Father are born. Life that is shared and dedicated to a higher purpose: love can change the world! Everything starts there, from a fraternal encounter, love can change the world, but first it changes us.

Together in love, we Christians can change the world, we can change ourselves, because God is Love!

I know that we had a date to meet in recent months and the pandemic did not permit this. We will meet later, hopefully soon, before the end of the year.

I urge you to continue to walk together, sharing life and brotherly love. The John 17 Movement and the testimony you have shared with me each time we have met gives me hope and gives me joy. As Joe Tosini says, love is the most important thing in the world, yet no one teaches how to love! Whether you love or not, the love that became flesh, the love that gave life for us, that is the way. Very often we confuse love with a kind of platonic, idealistic philosophy. Love is concrete, love gives its life for others, as Jesus gave it for us. Perhaps because love is not taught, it is lived, and you are teaching us by living it.

May God bless you! See you soon! And please do not forget to pray for me, because this work is not easy at all. See you soon!

Francis

[00804-EN.01] [Original text: Spanish – working translation]

 


Deborah Castellano Lubov is Editorial Director & Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for EXAUDI (& Prior, for ZENIT); Author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/
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