Pope Francis began Sunday Mass on March 22 by expressing this prayer intention: “In these days we’re hearing the news of so many people who are dying… dying alone, without being able to say goodbye to their loved ones.”

Let’s think about them and pray for them. For families as well, who cannot accompany their loved ones on that journey. We pray in a special way for the dying and for their families.

His reflection on the Readings for the Mass focused on a text from St. Augustine, about how the grace of God passes by, and we have to take advantage of it before it’s gone. This is linked to the very first line of the day’s Gospel: “As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.”

Pope Francis said that in Jesus’ presence, “the true sentiments of the heart come forth. Our true attitudes come out. This is a grace. Because of this, St. Augustine was afraid to let Him pass by without realizing it.”

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