One White Rose Versus 80 Murdered Roman Catholics: Which Is A Sign To Pope Francis That Dialogue With Muslims Is Not Working?
“Whenever I have a problem, I ask Saint Thérèse of Lisieux not to solve it, but to take it into her hands and to help me accept it and I almost always receive a white rose as a sign.” Cardinal BergoglioOne white rose or eighty dead souls? which is more of a sign that dialogue with Muslims is not the way to go?
So Pope receives one white rose and thinks its a sign to continue on the road he is on - dialoguing with Muslims:
The Pope told me he received the freshly-picked white rose out of the blue from a gardener as he was taking a stroll in the Vatican Gardens on Sunday 8 September,” Mgr. Menichelli said. “The Pope sees this flower as a “sign”, a “message” from Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, whom he had turned to in a moment of worry the day before.” The Archbishop passed on the Pope’s greetings to those attending the book presentation, adding that he had been authorised to tell them about the rose. The Pope did not say anything about the white rose having any connection to the peace vigil for Syria the previous evening. But it is not hard to imagine that one of the Pope’s worries at the time was the international situation, the massacres in Syria and the West’s proposed intervention in the Middle Eastern country. Vatican Insider More>>>>After receiving one white rose as a sign on Sunday the 8th of September the Pope took it as a sign and confirmation that he was on the right path after the Saturday peace vigil, and that he would therefore continue on the road of dialogue. In his homily during the peace vigil on Saturday, the pope had this to say about dialogue with Muslims:
In the silence of the Cross, the uproar of weapons ceases and the language of reconciliation, forgiveness, dialogue, and peace is spoken.Two weeks after Pope Francis received his "sign" 80 Roman Catholics were murdered in the name of dialogue
This evening, I ask the Lord that we Christians, and our brothers and sisters of other religions, and every man and woman of good will, cry out forcefully: violence and war are never the way to peace! Let everyone be moved to look into the depths of his or her conscience and listen to that word which says: Leave behind the self-interest that hardens your heart, overcome the indifference that makes your heart insensitive towards others, conquer your deadly reasoning, and open yourself to dialogue and reconciliation
Forgiveness, dialogue, reconciliation – these are the words of peace, in beloved Syria, in the Middle East, in all the world! Let us pray for reconciliation and peace, let us work for reconciliation and peace, and let us all become, in every place, men and women of reconciliation and peace! Amen.
Dialogue Did This!
What More Of A Sign Do You Need?
After the obvious sign of 80 dead souls, did the pope take notice and say "maybe dialogue in not working?" No! Just today the Pope used the word dialogue 17 times! That's 17 times!
At 12 o’clock today the Holy Father Francis received in audience – in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace --, the participants in the International Meeting for Peace, organized by Sant’Egidio Community, from September 29-October 1, on the topic: “The Courage of Hope: Religions and Cultures in Dialogue.” Zenit Read More>>>
As leaders of the different religions we can do very much. Peace is everyone’s responsibility. To pray for peace, to work for peace! A religious leader is always a man of peace, because the commandment of peace is inscribed in the depth of the religious traditions we represent. But, what can we do? Your meeting with one another every year suggests the way to you: the courage of dialogue, which gives hope. In the world also, in societies, there is little peace because dialogue is lacking, it is hard to come out of the narrow horizon of one’s interests to open to a true and sincere encounter. Peace needs a tenacious, patient, strong, intelligent dialogue where nothing is lost. Dialogue can defeat war. Dialogue makes people of different generations live together, who often ignore one another; it makes citizens of different ethnic provenance and different convictions live together. Dialogue is the way of peace. Because dialogue fosters understanding, harmony, concord, peace. Because of this, it is vital that it grow, that it spread among people of every condition and conviction as a network of peace that protects the world and the weakest.
We, religious leaders, are called to be “dialoguers,” to act in the making of peace not as intermediaries, but as genuine mediators. Intermediaries seek to make reduction to all parties, in order to obtain a gain for themselves. Instead, a mediator is one who does not take anything for himself but spends himself generously, to the point of consuming himself, knowing that the only gain is that of peace. Each one of us is called to be an artisan of peace, uniting and not dividing, extinguishing hatred and not harboring it, opening the ways of dialogue and not raising new walls! We must dialogue, meet with one another to establish in the world the culture of dialogue, the culture of encounter.
The legacy of the first Assisi meeting , nourished a year after, year also in your journey, shows how dialogue is profoundly connected with each one’s prayer. Dialogue and prayer grow and wither together. Man’s relationship with God is the school and food of dialogue with men. Pope Paul VI spoke of the “transcendental origin of dialogue” and he said: “Religion is by its nature a relationship between God and man. Prayer expresses this relationship through dialogue“(Encyclical Ecclesiam suam, 72). Let us continue to pray for peace in the world, in Syria, in the Middle East, in so many countries of the world. This courage of peace gives the courage of hope in the world, to all those who suffer because of war; to young people who look with concern to their future. May Almighty God, who hears our prayers, support us on this path of peace. And I would like to suggest now that each one of us, all of us, in the presence of God, in silence, wish one another peace.