Many saints have demonstrated that despite a difficult childhood, hope can still be found in Christ and the mission received from him, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.
The commandment to honour father and mother “can be constructive for many young people who come from stories of pain and for all those who have suffered in their youth,” he said.
“Many saints – and many Christians – after a painful childhood lived a bright life, because, thanks to Jesus Christ, they were reconciled with life,” he said, pointing to the example of Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio, who died at 19 from bone cancer after being orphaned at a very young age.
Blessed Sulprizio will be canonised in Rome on October 14 during the Synod of Bishops on young people.
The Pope also noted the witness of St Camillus de Lellis, who, he said, “from a disordered childhood built a life of love and service; to St Josephine Bakhita, who grew up in horrible slavery; or to the Blessed Carlo Gnocchi, an orphan and poor man; and to St John Paul II, marked by the loss of his mother at an early age.”
The wounds of one’s young life have the potential to be transformed, by grace, when it is discovered “that God has prepared us for a life of his children, where every act is a mission received from him,” Francis said.
The Pope’s general audience catechesis on the theme of the Ten Commandments continued with a reflection on the commandment “to honour thy father and mother”.
Looking back on one’s childhood, especially if it was difficult, “we discover that the real mystery is no longer ‘why?’ [something happened] but ‘for whom?’ For whom did this happen to me,” Francis asked. This is when people can begin to honour their parents “with the freedom of adult children and with merciful acceptance of their limits.”