homily from the Mass of the Feast of St. George:
Let us think today about the missionary activity of the Church: these
[people] came out of themselves to go forth. Even those who had the
courage to proclaim Jesus to the Greeks, an almost scandalous thing at
that time. Think of this Mother Church that grows, grows with new
children to whom She gives the identity of the faith, because you cannot
believe in Jesus without the Church. Jesus Himself says in the Gospel: "
But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep." If we are
not "sheep of Jesus," faith does not some to us. It is a rosewater
faith, a faith without substance. And let us think of the consolation
that Barnabas felt, which is "the sweet and comforting joy of
evangelizing." And let us ask the Lord for this "parresia", this
apostolic fervor that impels us to move forward, as brothers, all of us
forward! Forward, bringing the name of Jesus in the bosom of Holy Mother
Church, and, as St. Ignatius said, "hierarchical and Catholic." So be
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