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Neighbor's Day at a Licheń Shrine - Forbearance, Patience and Forgiveness as a Way to Build Relations with Your Neighbors

Seeing Christ in other people and making efforts to build bonds with our neighbors are the main message of the homily delivered during the Holy Mass celebrated in the Basilica of Of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Licheń at 12.00. 

Taking on life is responsibility for yourself, but also for others; for life which is God's most precious gift. By accepting life responsibly, we discover the truth about ourselves that we are made in the image and likeness of God ... We must see the face of God. It is necessary to discover the deepest truth about Him and about each of us. Here we will find the answer how we are to live our lives, how to accept the greatest gift we have received from God.

According to the curator, accepting life is a simple responsibility both for oneself and for others; for life which is God's most precious gift. By accepting life responsibly, we discover the truth about ourselves that we are made in the image and likeness of God.
Marianin emphasized that each of us is called to create and maintain relationships with God and other people.
- Today's Gospel wants to tell us that for us Christians the world is completely different than for those who do not accept God's word. Because how can we hear and understand today the Gospel about the love of our enemies? How can you love someone who persecutes and hates me? How do I turn the other cheek? God loves every human being, good and bad, as we heard today. God is a love that does not reject anyone. If we abide in God, we abide in a love that is capable of loving our enemies.
 
The custodian priest also noted that first we must love ourselves, that is, care for our relationship with God. - If I don't take care of myself in the first place, I won't build relationships with other people.
 
His second task was to see Christ in other people. - In the place where I work, live and live. We need understanding, patience, forgiveness, entering the path of reconciliation, effort to build a bond with our neighbors - he enumerated. He also encouraged reflection on deeper values and a sense of responsibility for oneself and others.
- Let us open ourselves to the grace of God. First of all, it is participation in the Eucharist and accepting Jesus Christ into the heart, because He is love and peace. If someone lives with Christ, he radiates these values onto people, he concluded.
 
Before the end of the Mass, Fr. Kumala read the prayer of St. John Paul II for peace. In the Licheń basilica, supplications for peace in Ukraine were also sung.
Text and photos: Sanctuary Press Office

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