sister death is eternal life


The preacher of the Pontifical Household Raniero Cantalamessa, created cardinal in the consistory of 28 November, held the first Advent meditation in the Paul VI Hall, in the presence of the Pope

“Teach us to count our days and we will reach the wisdom of the heart”. This is the theme with which he inaugurated, on the first Friday d‘Advent, the cycle of meditations, also scheduled for 11 and 18 December next, by the preacher of the Papal Household, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa.

The cardinal opened his reflection in the Paul VI hall, quoting the verses of the Italian poet Giuseppe Ungaretti who describes the state of mind of the soldiers in the trenches during the First World War with the poem “Soldati” made up of few words: “It’s like autumn leaves on the trees”. Today, Cardinal Cantalamessa said referring to this period shaken by the pandemic, it is the whole of humanity “that experiences this sense of the transience of life”. The preacher of the Pontifical Household urged us to reflect on death, on its ineluctable horizon in the existence of every man. And he recalled that the life of the believer “does not end with death because eternal life awaits us”.


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