By Linda Bordoni
Vatican News Release:
Pope Francis on Tuesday told the faithful that God is fruitful and wants us to be so too, living for others and giving life.
Sterility and fruitfulness were the two words at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily as he reflected on the births of Samson and of John the Baptist, both of them borne to sterile women, as recounted in the readings of the day. He commented on how in those days sterility was considered a shame while the birth of a child was seen as a grace and a gift from God. In the Bible, he said, there are many sterile women who desire a child, and mothers who mourn the loss of their son because they are left without descendants, like Sarah, Noemi, Hannah, Elizabeth, etc.…