By bro. Mariano Di Vito, OFM Cap.
Ten thousand doors were opened and closed in the Christian world and nine hundred million faithful entered them, whether the doors of cathedrals, prisons, or even soup kitchens of Caritas. These are impressive numbers.
So a mission fulfilled? To this provocative question from a journalist, Monsignor Fisichella answered: “the mission continues.” Yes, that is, I believe, the way forward. We can leave to others all the statistics and analysis of the results whether the Jubilee year just ended was a success or not. The worst road we could take would be to consider the Jubilee year over, to archive everything and then proceed as before! The best way forward and most needed can be summed up, in my opinion, with the words of the Evangelist Luke said of the Mother of Jesus after the losing and then finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem: “And His mother kept all these things in her heart” (cf. Luke 2, 51).
To “keep” and “heart” are two words that indicate what we should do to make those many seeds of the Jubilee sown on the paths of the world, bear fruit. And they...