By Anne Kurian

“I would like to thank the persons that accompany us for their patience and ask forgiveness for our faults,” said Pope Francis during the Mass celebrated at Saint Martha’s on February 14, 2020.

On the occasion of the retirement of employee Patricia, the Pope invited each one to think of his/her “extended” family,” “of all the persons that accompany us on the path of life: neighbors, friends, companions of work, of study . . . “ So he remembered persons he has known: “Myriam, who left with her child; Elvira who was an example of the struggle for life, to the end.”

“We aren’t alone. The Lord wants us with people, He wants us in company; He doesn’t want us to be egoists: egoism is a sin,” he stressed. And he put us on guard against gossiping “ and sins “against charity.”

“Today is a day to thank and to ask for forgiveness, each one of us, from the depth of our heart, to persons that accompany us in life, for a part of life, for our whole life,” said the Pontiff. He also encouraged us to express our gratitude to God: “Thank you, Lord, for not leaving us alone.”

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