It is not Christian to expect that our brothers and sisters who are seekers should have to knock on our doors; we ought to go out to them, bringing not ourselves but Jesus. He sends us, like those disciples, to encourage others and to raise them up in his name. He sends us forth to say to each person: “God is asking you to let yourself be loved by him”. How often, instead of this liberating message of salvation, have we brought ourselves, our own “recipes” and “labels” into the Church! How often, instead of making the Lord’s words our own, have we peddled our own ideas as his word! How often do people feel the weight of our institutions more than the friendly presence of Jesus! In these cases, we act more like an NGO, a state-controlled agency, and not the community of the saved who dwell in the joy of the Lord. (Homily for the closing of the XV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops)
We pray with Brother Gabriel
God our Father,
you made Brother Gabriel Taborin
feel an intense compassion for humanity’s shortcomings,
and of the culture of its time,
especially in children and young people,
and through your Spirit,
you gave him an educational charism to build man up,
in his social, religious and social dimension,
according to the Gospel;
give us the strength to continue his action today,
with the help of Mary and Joseph, educators of Jesus, your Son,
who at Nazareth grew in age, wisdom and grace.
We ask you, Father,
for the Beatification of Venerable Brother Gabriel Taborin,
and for your intercession, the graces we ask for (……).
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.