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Full text of Pope Francis’s Regina Caeli address

By on Monday, 1 April 2013

A child waves a flag before the Regina Caeli address (AP)

A child waves a flag before the Regina Caeli address (AP)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Happy Easter to you all! Thank you for coming today, in such large numbers, to share the joy of Easter, the central mystery of our faith. Let us pray that the power of the Resurrection of Christ might reach everyone – especially those who suffer – and every place that is in need of trust and hope.

Christ has conquered evil fully and finally, but it is up to us, to people in every age, to embrace this victory in our lives and in the realities of history and society. For this reason it seems important to point out that today we ask God in the liturgy: “O God, who give constant increase to your Church by new offspring, grant that your servants may hold fast in their lives to the Sacrament they have received in faith” (Collect for Monday in the Octave of Easter).

Indeed, the Baptism that makes us children of God, and the Eucharist that unites us to Christ, must become life. That is to say: they must be reflected in attitudes, behaviour, actions and choices. The grace contained in the Sacraments Easter is an enormous source of strength for renewal in personal and family life, as well as for social relations.

Nevertheless, everything passes through the human heart: if I allow myself to be reached by the grace of the risen Christ, if I let that grace change for the better whatever is not good in me, [to change whatever] might do harm to me and to others, then I allow the victory of Christ to affirm itself in in my life, to broaden its beneficial action. This is the power of grace! Without grace we can do nothing – without grace we can do nothing! And with the grace of Baptism and Holy Communion can become an instrument of God’s mercy – that beautiful mercy of God.

To express in our lives the sacrament we have received: behold, dear brothers and sisters, our daily work – and, I would say, our daily joy! The joy of being instruments of the grace of Christ, as branches of the vine which is Christ himself, inspired by the sustaining presence of His Spirit! We pray together, in the name of the dead and risen Lord, and through the intercession of Mary Most Holy, that the Paschal mystery might work deeply in us and in our time, in order that hatred give way to love, lies to the truth, revenge to forgiveness, sadness to joy.

  • NatOns

    “We pray together, in the name of the dead and risen Lord, and through the intercession of Mary Most Holy, that the Paschal mystery might work deeply in us and in our time, in order that hatred give way to love, lies to the truth, revenge to forgiveness, sadness to joy.”

    A good place to start in reconciling those SSPX members who desire to “express in our lives the sacrament we have received”, in communion with the Holy Father .. and not as a sign of opposition toward him. “For this reason”, indeed, “it seems important to point out that today we ask God in the liturgy: ‘O God, who give constant increase to your Church by new offspring, grant that your servants may hold fast in their lives to the Sacrament they have received in faith’” After all, “the grace contained in the Sacraments Easter is” really and truly and substantially “an enormous source of strength for renewal in personal and family life, as well as for social relations”; please God the Holy Father will act swiftly – or at least, dear Lord, as swiftly as Vatican business-as-usual allows – to offer a welcoming embrace to all of his traditional orthodox children .. who do in fact suffer grievously each time pastors show casual disloyalty toward the Sacred Tradition of Faith (which is always so much more than mere vestments, ceremonies and rules – let alone a personal taste).

    “Let us pray that the power of the Resurrection of Christ might reach everyone – especially those who suffer – and every place that is in need of trust and hope.”

    http://www.dici.org/en/news/22-years-ago-archbishop-marcel-lefebvre-died/

    PS: Naughty Fr Zuhlsdorf might worry some, but it is only a Dimbleby-esque “Spagetti Tree” hoax; his heart, like mine, went out to the sad anniversary mind of Archbishop Lefebvre, who died in peace with God, no doubt, but excommunicate from the Successor of Peter .. what a sad and unnecessarily prolonged dispute – which simple and humbly gracious acts can help to repair (even if requiring of both parties a slight shift in mindset).

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    So — all that this homily of our Holy Father has inspired in you is yet another small-minded diatribe against your brethren Catholics ???

    Pope Francis :Indeed, the Baptism that makes us children of God, and the Eucharist that unites us to Christ, must become life. That is to say: they must be reflected in attitudes, behaviour, actions and choices. The grace contained in the Sacraments Easter is an enormous source of strength for renewal in personal and family life, as well as for social relations.”

    (even if requiring of both parties a slight shift in mindset)

    Well then — you first ?

    (personally, I’d ask — what “two parties” ?? There are not two separate species of Catholics, we are ALL of us united in Holy Eucharistic Communion into ONE Church of Christ)

  • Benedict Carter

    Amen to that NatOns. How many millions of Catholics are suffering right now from what the Revolutionaries have done to the Church! And I do not joke – this has involved real, genuine, substantive suffering.

    Put the Church’s house in order first, Holy Father, please! Then we can turn our attention outwards (if ecumenism allows it, of course …..).

  • Benedict Carter

    Really? Read the posts on these threads and say that with a straight face.

  • solly gratia

    It is truly disappointing to see the small minded nastiness of uber-catholics since the election of the new Pope.. Makes you realise there is more going on here than just differences of opinion about the right to hold baroque and anachronistic clerical masses, but really the work of the devil in finding ways to divide the Lord’s people. If he can’t do it through outright sin and heresy, he’ll do it through the promotion of elitism and self-centredness. As a protestant I saw the very same thing, with an equal rush to 16th century purism: reformers out reforming the reformed, and now here it is again in the heart of the church. It seems nothing the Pope says will be received by these people, unless he becomes a carbon copy of themselves, rather than that they humble themselves before our pastor and his giudance. If he isn’t getting all wound up about lace and gilt, then maybe you’ve got it wrong. If the ultra-uber-catholics are technically excommunicated, and certainly unreconciled, then be careful you aren’t heading down that road in your heart.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    Still no reason to accept the man’s argument that “both parties” need a “change” in “mindset” (which I’d guess would boil down in NatOns’ mind to everybody suddenly agreeing with his own mindset) as anything other than blatant hypocrisy.

  • Kevin

    “differences of opinion about the right to hold baroque and anachronistic clerical masses”

    What differences of opinion? Is this derogatory reference to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite?

  • NatOns

    True, JP, there is only one holy, catholic and apostolic church .. and that includes all the many various ‘parties’ that go together as members to make an organic and living body.
    The James party and the Peter party, the Apollos party and the Paul party, the imperial ‘Orthodox’ party and the papal ‘Catholic’ party, the Franciscan ‘Spiritualist’ party and the Conventual party, etc, cannot ever make up the character of the one body with one Spirit .. yet it is foolish – you must admit – to deny their often baneful existence.
    Parties to a dispute are not of necessity ‘party-political’ nor factional parties, all too regularly they can become so; there are, in truth, two distinct parties at work in keeping the traditional orthodox Catholic SSPX from full communion with the traditional orthodox Catholic papacy – the moderately hyper-traditionalists and the aggresive ‘now-ists’; I regret this wholly uncessary division, and repudiate the extremes (with their bitter animosities) .. a very little shift of perspective by the Holy Father and the SSPX could end this division (if not to completely heal the residual spirit of faction).

    “That is to say: they must be reflected in attitudes, behaviour, actions and choices.” HH Pope Francis, Regina Coeli Address.
    PS: JP, my apologies if my words caused you offence – they were not intended so to do (nor to impune the good faith of those who seem to have difficulties with the SSPX and reconciliation with our beloved Holy Father Francis): God bless our Pope!

  • NatOns

    An unkind assesment of traditional orthodox Catholics, SG, even if some remain – completely unnecessarily – unreconciled to our beloved Holy Father, Pope Francis.
    When pastors casually disregard the the discipline of the Faith there is genuine pain caused those who know, love, and seek to uphold the Sacred Tradition binding on us all (which is always more than ultra-ueber-katholischer traditionalist love of rules, old rituals and uniformity).

    Note well, that visceral pain is felt as a direct assault not on a human institution but on Christ Himself; it is the compassionate love that makes it so grievous, for if it were only calling of names – or physical animosity – against the orthodox that would be bearable (if still wrongdoing – even against the heterodox); so making up the Divine Liturgy casually as one goes, to fit passing human fancies and regardless of the Sacred Tradition on which it is based (also to which it must witness), is an insult against the One to whom it is directed (not just the men and women who may or may not participate in it).

    http://www.leroyhuizenga.com/2013/03/15/st-francis-on-liturgical-propriety/

  • Thomas Poovathinkal SSP

    The Sacraments become FRUITFUL in the degree we LOVE, READ and MEDITATE and OBEY The Word of God.

    The SACRAMENTS ARE SACRAMENTS because of THE WORD OF GOD.

    Jesus Lord, grant us all this wonderful grace of parctising in the ORDER of FOUNDATIONAL IMPORTANCE all your demands and commandments: knowing, loving and practising Your WORD, receiving Your SACRAMENTS and doing all the rest and thus to bear “FRUITS” for you.

    Thomas Poovathinkal SSP

  • Benedict Carter

    Rubbish.

    The Sacraments work ex opere operato.

    To receive the full fruits of the grace flowing from the Sacraments, one does need to be properly disposed and open – this comes primarily from prayer and living of course a good moral life. But to make their work dependent on the Bible is just not correct.

  • Erin Pascal

    Wonderful message! The article is very well-written and the words are beautifully chosen. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful blog post. May God bless you!

  • NatOns

    BC that’s a little unkind; remember, they act ex opere operato because they are God’s word .. not because a man may choose to use them (as fits his own fleshly purpose).

    The power of God’s Word to act on His word is what makes the priestly act Christian – even by lay men and women e.g. in marriage – the mystery that is Sacrament: the divine pledge to act as he promises.

    Of course TpjP is rushing on ahead of the character of a divine pledge, and leaps perilously close to a Donatist / Wycliffite human-centred idolisation of Scripture – yet he centres still on the source of power that separates merely worldly lip-service from participating in divine rule under Christ .. not least in the church catholic.

    “Now the whole rite of the Christian religion is derived from Christ’s priesthood. Consequently, it is clear that the sacramental character is specially the character of Christ, to Whose character the faithful are likened by reason of the sacramental characters, which are nothing else than certain participations of Christ’s Priesthood, flowing from Christ Himself.” Aquinas, ST III, 63, iii.

    PS: Sorry to be fernickerty with you, but there are readers here who – from the best of motives – seek to parse every word. After all, it is this ‘character of Christ’ that we seek to uphold in Divine Liturgy, and to reject any callous disregard for the One to Whom we are likened in every Sacrament: the Lord our God Jesus Christ (not some humanly constructed institution with its ceremonies and laws).

  • jose de jesus

    When Benedictus XVI resigned, all the way to the “habemus papam”, are we all aware of the tremendous ammount of prayer that went to heaven, to our Father, from around the world, from every single heart and comunities, churches, families, praying as best as we can in order fo have a Pope according to the will of the Father? Do we realize the praying that went around the earth and heaven to have the Holy Spirit blowing in that conclave? Are we doubting Mother Mary was not there? Please brothers, come soon to give thanks to our Father for this our pope., The task is huge, but be at peace, the Father have just given us the pope of His almighty choice. Don’t dare to put the corrosion of doubt into the efficiency of our prays. Now is the time to go together, not by trying to force our own view on all the rest, but by allowing other views the same right to rightfullness and atention that we want for our own view. paying atention to our pope Francis, the bishop of Rome, because his our pope, the Bishop of Rome.. Don’t let our small of big dissappointments lead us astray from the very path our Father is opening up for us in this most difficult times, that in spite of appearances is the fertile soil from which the Holy Spirit is bringing the church, the wife of Christ, as an always young and joyfull wife. Differences require dialogue, it can be even spicy, but carefull with attacking our pope or promoting division. We all know where division leads. Better keep in contemplation and silence than attacking, which goes against the very core of Jesus message for the human family. I feel the pain some are experiencing. It is appropriate to recognize it and tend to it. Remember love heals everything, on time, and not necesarily over a long time, we can do it quickly, we christians have the knowhow. Let us all be a bright light to the world by giving example of a body with an amazing diversity waved into a most christian harmony. Make it easy, the Jesus way.

  • jose de jesus

    Waved? no, certainly not! weaved, into a most christian harmony, a beatiful tapestry of diferent colors and textures and unity.

  • Thomas Poovathinkal SSP

    Even the HOLY EUCHARIST is HOLY EUCHARIST because of the WORD OF GOD. Remove the WORD OF GOD element and the Sacrament is…..like an empty shell.

    WITHOUT the FAITH and the INSPIRATION that come from the WORD OF GOD sacraments are only trapping systems.

    The Sacraments are useful in the degree they are related to the FAITH and inspiration that come through THE WORD OF GOD to FOLLOW and OBEY the SON OF GOD and produce FRUITS worthy of him.

    FEED THE PEOPLE with BREAD OF THE WORD and then the sacraments bear fruit. Mere Ritualists can’t do that.

    We go for what makes us BEAR FRUIT FOR THE LORD in the HERE and NOW. The rest are burdensome baggages.

    PLEASE TAKE NOTE: I am not THE CHURCH, nor am I THE POPE, not even a Theologian.

    Thomas Poovathinkal SSP

  • PaulF

    Though I am not qualified to engage in the theology of it, I completely agree with your call to Catholic Christians to make the word of God the foundation of our lives.
    In recent years I’ve discussed our sacraments and our Marian doctrines with evangelical Christians and have had to dig deep in Scripture to defend our position. It surprised me to discover that every one of our sacraments and every one of the Marian dogmas are four square founded on the word of God. Catholic Tradition does not mean that anyone has the right to make it up as he goes along. It means handing on the word of God pure and fresh to each generation of Christians.