The Pope today sent a special audio message to the Italian Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired on the occasion of their summer programme.
The Pope said, “I know that some of you wanted to come to Rome….thanks to modern technology, I can come to you!”
He continued, “The Gospels tell us that Jesus had a particular care for the blind….the healing of a visually impaired person has special symbolic meaning: it represents the gift of faith. It is a sign that concerns us all because we all need the light of faith to walk along the path of life. This is why Baptism, which is the first Sacrament of Faith, was also called ‘illumination’ in antiquity.”
“I ask the Lord to renew the gift of faith in each of you, so that your spirits may always have God’s light, the light of love that makes sense of our lives, illunminates it, gives us hope, and makes us good and available to our brothers and sisters. I also wish the best for your association; always spread a culture of encounter, solidarity and hospitality towards persons with disabilities, not just asking for the proper social services but also encouraging their active participation in society.”
The Pope then concluded saying, “I entrust you all to the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother. I ask you to pray for me and for my service to the Church and I wholeheartedly bless you, together with your loved ones.”