In his General Audience today in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis stressed the importance of the Communion of Saints in the life of the Church, as well as in the daily lives of believers. “Dear brothers and sisters, today I want to talk about a very beautiful reality of our faith: 'the Communion of the saints,'” the Holy Father opened. “The love of God,scorches our selfishness, judgments and divisions.”
Francis stressed that the expression "communion of saints" has two meanings, one is a communion between holy things, the other a communion of holy people. “The communion of saints is the deepest reality of the Church,” the Pope said, pointing out that the second meaning “reminds us that there is a communion of life between those of us that believe in Christ.”
Because of our baptism “we have incorporated ourselves in Christ and in the Church, and have been made sharers in the communion of life and love which is the Blessed Trinity, and are united to one another in the Body of Christ,” Francis taught. Discussing the Holy Trinity, Francis said that “the relationship between Jesus and the Father is the 'womb' of the link between Christians.”
“If we are rooted in that womb, in this burning fire of love which is the Trinity, we can become able to possess one heart alone and one soul alone, because the love of God scorches our selfishness, judgments and divisions.” To describe the Communion of Saints, the Holy Father compared it to a large family, saying that “through this fraternal communion we draw nearer to God and we are called to support one another spiritually.”
“Do we know how to share the uncertainties of our itineraries of faith, looking for fraternal help in prayer and spiritual comfort? Are we available to listen and help all those who ask for it? Thanks to the resurrection of Jesus thanks to the resurrection of Jesus, establishes a deep and indissoluble link between those who are pilgrims on earth, the souls of Purgatory and those who enjoy celestial bliss.”
The Pope urged that it is to the saints in Heaven "that we must unite ourselves as a Church, which finds the highest form of solidarity in the prayer of intercession,” saying that the forthcoming feasts of All Saints and All Souls provide an excellent opportunity to become reacquainted with the saints.