ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCOIS TO THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION "Fountain of Mercy" Hall of the Consistory Saturday, March 10, 2018 Source: Vatican. va
Dear friends, It is with joy that I meet you on the occasion of your pilgrimage to Rome. I send my cordial greeting to the members of the "Fountain of Mercy", as well as to all the people you welcome and accompany you through the "Schools of Prayer" and the fraternal formation. With you, I give thanks to the Lord who has allowed you to experience his mercy and who has led you to seek and propose ways for it to remain firmly rooted in your hearts and thus help you to consider your life daily with serenity (see Apostolic Letter Misericordia and misera, n.3). I invite you to persevere in the regular practice of prayer. You know it: it is there, in this heart to heart with the Lord, listening to his Word, that it is given us to be reborn every day in the living water of his mercy, springing from his heart open. May you also, through your sacramental life, become witnesses of God's mercy, which is for all men a call to recognize the beauty and happiness of being loved by Him. Finally, I encourage you, through your fraternal life and with the help of the Holy Spirit, "to grow a culture of mercy, based on the rediscovery of the meeting of others: a culture in which no one looks at it. another with indifference or look away when he sees brothers in suffering "(ibid., n.20). With this hope, I entrust you to the Lord and to the intercession of the Virgin Mary; and, asking you to pray for me, I give you the Apostolic Blessing, as well as to all the members of the Fountain of Mercy.