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Vachanolsavam is a monthly publication, which has the purpose of evangelization and re-evangelization in the Church and outside the Church.

Vachanolsavam is a monthly publication, which has the purpose of evangelization and re-evangelization in the Church and outside the Church.

Vachanolsavam is a monthly publication, which has the purpose of evangelization and re-evangelization in the Church and outside the Church.

Vachanolsavam is a monthly publication, which has the purpose of evangelization and re-evangelization in the Church and outside the Church.

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Psalm 91

1 You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,*

2 will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.’

3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence;

4 he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

5 You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day,

6 or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

8 You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge,* the Most High your dwelling-place,

10 no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

12 On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

14 Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name.

15 When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honour them.

16 With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.

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  • Pope says children are never a mistake, calls adults to responsibility

  • Pope says children are never a mistake, calls adults to responsibility By Laura Ieraci Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Children are never a "mistake" and no sacrifice is too great for an adult to make so that children can feel their worth, Pope Francis said. During his weekly general audience in a chilly, but sunny St. Peter's Square April 8, the pope continued his series of talks about the family, dedicating a second catechesis to children. He described the great suffering and difficulties many children around the world experience as "a Passion." Children are the greatest blessing God has bestowed upon men and women, he said. Yet, many children are "rejected, abandoned, robbed of their childhood and of their future," the pope noted, adding that it is "shameful" when people say it is "a mistake" to bring a child into the world. "Please, let's not unload our faults on children," he said. "Children are never 'a mistake.'" The hunger, poverty, fragility and ignorance of some children "are not mistakes" but "only reasons for us to love them even more, with more generosity," he said. Pope Francis wondered aloud about the value of international declarations of human and children's rights if children are then punished for the mistakes of adults. "All adults are responsible for children and for doing what we can to change this situation," he said. "Every marginalized and abandoned child, who lives by begging on the street for every little thing, without schooling or healthcare, is a cry to God," he said. Their suffering is the result of a social system, created by adults, he added. Children who are victims of such poverty often "become prey to criminals who exploit them for immoral trade and commerce or train them for war and violence," he said. Even in rich countries, "many children live dramas that scar their lives heavily" due to family crises or inhuman living conditions, he said. They suffer the consequences of "a culture of exaggerated individual rights" and become precocious, he added. And often, they absorb the violence they are exposed to, unable to "dispose of it," and "are forced to become accustomed to degradation," the pope said. "In every case, these are childhoods violated in body and soul," the pope said. "But none of these children is forgotten by the Father in heaven. None of their tears are lost." The pope also said children, too often, suffer the effects of their parents' precarious and poorly paid work or unsustainable work hours. Children, he said, "also pay the price of immature unions and irresponsible separations; they are the first victims." He underlined the social responsibility of each person and government toward children. The pope offered a reflection on the Scripture passage when Jesus calls the children to him so that he can bless them, Mt 19:13-15. "How beautiful was the trust of these parents (to bring their children to him) and this response of Jesus," he said. The pope said many children with serious problems benefit from "extraordinary parents, ready for every sacrifice and generosity." The church must accompany these parents in their efforts, he said. "The church places her maternal care at the service of children and their families," he added. "It brings God's blessing to the parents and children of this world, maternal tenderness, firm reprimand and strong condemnation. Brothers and sisters, think carefully: You don't mess with the lives of children." He concluded by inviting his listeners to imagine a society that bases itself on the principle that "no sacrifice on the part of adults would be considered too costly or too great, anything so as to avoid that a child thinks they are a mistake, that they have no value and that they are abandoned to the wounds of life and to the arrogance of men." "How beautiful such a society would be," the pope said. - - - The text of the pope's audience remarks in English is available online at www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/audiences/2015/documents/papa-francesco_20150408_udienza-generale_en.html. The text of the pope's audience remarks in Spanish is available online at www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/audiences/2015/documents/papa-francesco_20150408_udienza-generale_sp.html.

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