At the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians (Buenos Aires Sunday 10 November)
I begin by expressing my joy at being here with all of you at the end of this pilgrimage and this Congress and my joy at being with you all for this moment of profound prayer in this church before the Lord and in the presence of Mary.
The first aspect I would like to recall is that when we leave here, we want first of all to testify to how united we are with all the Groups of the Salesian Family throughout the world.
This is not a moment just for us who are present or just for Buenos Aires. In our hearts we embrace and connect with our whole Salesian Family throughout the world. This is important and I think it is also important to make it explicit, to manifest it, together with another important aspect that we have experienced: the missionary dimension of our Salesian Family starting with Don Bosco himself. We experienced this yesterday in a very beautiful way through the testimony of Fr Anderson and we will see it again in other testimonials. It is very beautiful that through these experiences we can be in communion with the whole Salesian missionary reality (Philippines, Amazonia, Asian countries, Cordillera ...). I say this because what seems to be a typical sign has a powerful message which invites us as a Church to look at the depth of things and reality.
We of the Salesian Family must be the first to create communion, the first to create Church, starting from the Salesian charism of Don Bosco, inspired by the Holy Spirit and increasingly developing our sensitivity to be close to those who are furthest away. I say this to invite you to be in communion with all our brothers and sisters.
Now I want to add something that relates to the Gospel passage we have heard. Nazareth was a mountainous area where Mary, Joseph and Jesus lived for about 30 years of their lives. Cana of Galilee is about 35 km away, down towards the lake of Tiberias. The story is very beautiful. It describes a day when they were going to a wedding, to celebrate the joy of a family, in the manner typical of that time. And right here begins the wonderful scene that teaches us so much.
Our pilgrimage must go in two directions:
To the young people who are here: it is not enough to say how beautiful we are, how popular we are, how well we dance or how much energy we have. A young Christian cannot think about or dream of his or her life without saying: "Lord, what do you want from me today?" When young people come to seek a blessing for their journey in life, I always remind them to ask the question every day: "Lord, what do you want from me today?", Because otherwise all the answers will be given by someone else: “do this because it pays well or do that because it is an easy life”. There are plenty such answers, but the important thing is what is going on in your inner life. And the answer lies with the Mother, who knows us, who holds us by the hand and says to each one: "Do whatever he tells you".
This is the way we celebrate the journey of our Family and the 150 years of the Association of Mary Help of Christians, hoping that our Mother Mary will always accompany us by bringing us to the encounter with the Lord.