Vatican City, 2 March 2014 (VIS) – At midday Pope Francis appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. Before the Marian prayer, he spoke about “divine Providence” and how it is presented by the prophet Isaiah, with the image of maternal love, full of tenderness. “God does not forget about us, any of us! … He forgets no-one, He remembers every name and surname”, he continued. “He loves us, and does not forget about us. What a beautiful thought is this invitation to trust in God”.
“Thinking of all those who live in precarious conditions, or even in poverty that is an affront to their dignity, these words of Jesus' may seem abstract, if not illusory. But in fact they are more relevant than ever! They remind us that we cannot serve two masters: God and wealth. For as long as each person seeks to accumulate wealth for himself, there will be no justice. We must understand this well! If, instead, trusting in God's providence, we seek his Kingdom together, then no-one will lack the means to live with dignity”.
“A heart occupied with the desire to possess is a heart full of this desire, but without God. … In a heart possessed by wealth, there is not much space for faith. … If, however, we leave for God the space that is due to Him – the first place – then His love will lead us also to share our wealth, to put it at the service of projects for solidarity and development, as we may see in many examples, some of them recent, in the history of the Church. And in this way God's Providence passes through our service to others, our sharing with others”.
“The path that Jesus shows to us may seem unrealistic compared to the prevalent mentality and in view of the problems caused by the economic crisis. … To ensure that no-one lacks bread, water, clothing, shelter, work, and health, it is necessary for all of us to recognise that we are children of the Father in Heaven and that we are therefore all brothers, and to behave accordingly”. The Pope concluded by inviting those present to invoke the intercession of Our Lady “so that we may all make efforts to live in a simple and sober way, keeping watch over the needs of our most disadvantaged brothers”.