I would like to again take this opportunity to ask all of you to pray and do penance and sacrifices for the healing of our Church. The Body of Christ is wounded and is in need of healing. Let us together pray for our journey to healing and for our strength as a community of faithful followers of Jesus Christ. The abuse cases might seem far from us and they might have happened in the past, but it still affects all of us. Pope Francis in quoting 1 Cor 12:26 echoes the words of St. Paul, “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it.” Let us look up to our Lord and beg for His grace that the members of our Church – His Body here on earth – may continue to grow in faith and be vigilant in defending the Church. God’s justice always reigns and He will always be victorious.
In 2005, the then Cardinal Ratzinger said: “How much filth there is in the Church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to Christ!” It is not only him who see this as true – most of us know it and there will be temptations to leave the church because of it. These temptations can come in the form of embarrassment or shame, anger and disappointment for the evil that conquered those who committed the heinous crimes, and these temptations can be strong. Let us be vigilant. It is normal to be embarrassed and angry but let us remember that the Church did not do those things. It was Satan who did those unspeakable crimes against the innocent and he acted through people who allowed him to conquer them. Let us not be conquered as well but be vigilant and continue the fight against the evils of Satan. Let us ask for the powerful intercession and protection of our Blessed Mother together with St. Michael the Archangel to defend us in this ongoing battle against Satan. May God bless us all.