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Let the Lord draw near to us in silence, Pope preaches

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Pope Francis said in his homily for daily Mass this morning in the chapel of the St. Martha Residence in the Vatican that out of his love for us, God stoops down to our own level to converse with humanity and have a relationship with us. “When we look at a father or a mother who speaks to their little child,” the Pope said, “we see that they become little and speak with a voice of a child and with the manners of children…That’s how the Lord speaks to us.”

The Holy Father said that people should do their best this Advent to make some more time for silence in preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Prophet Isaiah reminds us not to fear. “When the child has a bad dream, he wakes up, cries...the father goes and says, ‘Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid, I’m here.' That’s how the Lord speaks to us…He is near.” Parents often speak to children in the tone of a little child, the Pontiff reflected. “Someone looking in from the outside might think, ‘This is ridiculous!’ They become smaller, right there, no?” This happens “because the love of a father and a mother needs to be close…to lower themselves to the world of the child.If the father and mother spoke to them normally, the child would still understand,” Francis said, “but they want to take up the manner of speaking of the child.”

“This is the language of the Lord, the language of the love of a father, of a mother,” the Pope preached. “And we must do what the Lord does, do what He says and do it as He says it: with love, with tenderness, with that condescension towards the brethren.”

The Pontiff then recalled how the Lord came to Elijah in the silence. “That is how the Lord draws near, with that resonance of silence that is proper to love. Without making a spectacle.”

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