Vatican City, Nov 1, 2020 / 07:45 am
On the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis encouraged everyone to follow the model of the saints, who pursued virtue in contradiction to the ways of the world and thus give witness to Christian hope.
“Choosing purity, meekness and mercy; choosing to entrust oneself to the Lord in poverty of spirit and in affliction; dedicating oneself to justice and peace – all this means going against the current in respect to this world’s mentality, in respect to the culture of possessing, of meaningless fun, of arrogance against the weakest,” the pope said Nov. 1.
This is the “evangelical path” taken by the saints and blesseds, he added.
Giving his Angelus address from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis reminded listeners of the Church’s Nov. 1 celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints.
The feast day “reminds us of the personal and universal vocation to holiness, and proposes sure models for this journey that each person walks in a unique way, an unrepeatable way,” he said.
He pointed to the saints’ uniqueness, and to their “inexhaustible variety of gifts and real life stories.”
“Each one has their own personality and developed their own life of holiness according to their own personality, and each one of us can do it, taking this path: meekness, meekness, please, and we will head toward holiness,” he encouraged.
The pope focused his day’s reflection on the third beatitude proclaimed by Jesus in the Gospel: “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.”