Pope Francis before today’s General Audience met the family of Fr. Roberto Malgesini, who was killed a month ago while serving poor immigrants in Italy. The Vatican Press Office released the following comments by the Holy Father recounting the encounter.
Before entering the hall, I met the parents of that priest from the diocese of Como who was killed; he was killed in his service to help.
The tears of those parents are “their” tears and each of them knows how much he suffered in seeing this son who gave his life in the service of the poor.
When we want to console someone, we don’t find the words. Because? Why can’t we get to his pain, because “his” pain is his, “his” tears are his. The same is true of us: the tears, “my” pain is mine, the tears are “mine” and with these tears, with this pain, I turn to the Lord.