Pope to Vatican employees: Always confide in the Lord and build peace
By Lisa Zengarini
Addressing Vatican employees with their families during his annual Christmas greetings on Thursday, Pope Francis encouraged them to face the difficulties of life with faith, and to be artisans of peace starting from their own family and workplaces within the Holy See.
Gratitude for having survived the pandemic
The Pope started his speech, delivered in the Paul VI Audience Hall, by remarking that we should all show gratefulness to God because, with His help, we have overcome the critical phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that as soon as things improve, we tend to forget to even thank the Lord. “This is not Christian and not even human,” he said.
Pope Francis noted that, although this critical phase has passed, the pandemic has left its marks: not only in material and economic terms, but also on people's lives and relationships.
He, therefore, wished all families first of all "serenity" which, he said, "does not mean that all is well", but peace of mind in facing problems or difficulties.
Serenity is given to us by confiding in God's help
The Pope remarked that this serenity is given to us by our faith in God and by entrusting ourselves to His help, as Mary and Joseph did when giving birth to Jesus in Bethlehem.
The Pope wished peace of mind, especially for children and young people who have been particularly affected by the closures and limitations imposed by the COVID-19 crisis.
Be witnesses and artisans of peace
A second wish Pope Francis expressed was that we all may be “witnesses and artisans of peace”.
“At this moment in the history of the world, we are called to feel more strongly the responsibility of each one doing his or her part to build peace,” he said, noting that this responsibility is particularly relevant for those who work for the Holy See.
The Pope then called upon Vatican employees to be builders of peace starting from their own families and from the environment in which they live and work.
One way of doing so is avoiding gossip, and speaking "behind people’s backs". If there is something wrong, he said, we should instead be “honest and sincere”.
A special caress to children and the elderly
Concluding, Pope Francis thanked the employees for their precious work in the Vatican, and asked them to bring his "caress" in particular to their children and to elderly parents or relations at home, remarking that they are “the treasure of the family and of society".