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September 14, 2014
(1Co 1:17-18) For
Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom
of speech, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. For the word
of the cross, to them indeed that perish, is foolishness: but to them
that are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God.
POPE FRANCIS HOMILY: War is "madness" which brings destruction
Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Military Cemetery of Redipuglia (13 September 2014)
After experiencing the beauty of travelling throughout this region,
where men and women work and raise their families, where children play
and the elderly dream… I now find myself here, in this place, able to
say only one thing: War is madness.
Whereas God carries forward the work of creation, and we men and women
are called to participate in his work, war destroys. It also ruins the
most beautiful work of his hands: human beings. War ruins everything,
even the bonds between brothers. War is irrational; its only plan is
to bring destruction: it seeks to grow by destroying.
Greed, intolerance, the lust for power…. These motives underlie the
decision to go to war, and they are too often justified by an ideology;
but first there is a distorted passion or impulse. Ideology is
presented as a justification and when there is no ideology, there is
the response of Cain: “What does it matter to me? Am I my brother’s
keeper?” (cf. Gen 4:9). War does not look directly at anyone, be they
elderly, children, mothers, fathers…. “What does it matter to me?”
Above the entrance to this cemetery, there hangs in the air those
ironic words of war, “What does it matter to me?” Each one of the dead
buried here had their own plans, their own dreams… but their lives were
cut short. Humanity said, “What does it matter to me?”
Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one
can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres,
In all honesty, the front page of newspapers ought to carry the
headline, “What does it matter to me?” Cain would say, “Am I my
This attitude is the exact opposite of what Jesus asks of us in the
Gospel. We have heard: he is in the least of his brothers; he, the
King, the Judge of the world, he is the one who hungers, who thirsts,
he is the stranger, the one who is sick, the prisoner… The one who
cares for his brother or sister enters into the joy of the Lord; the
one who does not do so, however, who by his omissions says, “What does
it matter to me?”, remains excluded.
Here lie many victims. Today, we remember them. There are tears,
there is sadness. From this place we remember all the victims of every
Today, too, the victims are many… How is this possible? It is so
because in today’s world, behind the scenes, there are interests,
geopolitical strategies, lust for money and power, and there is the
manufacture and sale of arms, which seem to be so important!
And these plotters of terrorism, these schemers of conflicts, just like
arms dealers, have engraved in their hearts, “What does it matter to
It is the task of the wise to recognize errors, to feel pain, to
repent, to beg for pardon and to
With this “What does it matter to me?” in their hearts, the merchants
of war perhaps have made a great deal of money, but their corrupted
hearts have lost the capacity to cry. That “What does it matter to
me?” prevents the tears. Cain did not cry. The shadow of Cain hangs
over us today in this cemetery. It is seen here. It is seen from 1914
right up to our own time. It is seen even in the present.
With the heart of a son, a brother, a father, I ask each of you, indeed
for all of us, to have a conversion of heart: to move on from “What
does it matter to me?”, to tears: for each one of the fallen of this
“senseless massacre”, for all the victims of the mindless wars, in
every age. Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep.
ALETEIA: Why does God Allow all the Violence and Suffering Today?
Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Discretion
59. Poemen related a saying of Ammon, 'One man kept an axe with him all
his life but did not know how to cut down a tree; another knew how to
use an axe, and could cut down a tree with a few strokes. 'He used to
say that the axe was discretion.'
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