with this last letter I come to ask for your blessing, to give you my blessing. I ask for your blessing. “Bene-dire” means invoking every “good” from God, giving the grace that He has poured into our hands for others. In the ancient church every important step of a member of the community was accompanied by everyone’s prayer and the invocation of the Holy Spirit. It often happened to me in these years that someone came to ask me for the blessing because he was leaving, because he was starting a new job, because he was about to get married, because he was expecting a child, because he was going through a difficult time, because he had to make a delicate decision. Mine was a blessing from pastor and leader, by virtue of the sacrament of order. But you too are, by virtue of the sacrament of baptism, “priests, kings and prophets of the Lord”, custodians of divine grace and bearers of the Holy Spirit for your brothers and for the whole world. Every “Christian”, as the name implies, has in it the “Spirit of Christ” because it participates in its “anointing” which consecrates him son of God and bearer of the salvation of Christ. This is why parents can bless their children, members of a community can bless their brothers and we can all bless each other, invoking the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit on each other. I ask you to do it for me.
I come to bless you. I’ve always done it in these years. In all circumstances. I do this in a particular way now, entrusting yourselves to the Holy Spirit and invoking upon you the grace of God: a grace of consolation, of strength, of forgiveness, of healing, of unity, of acceptance, of apostolate, of reconciliation, of light, of joy, of peace, of eternal life. I will do it every day in prayer and mass, wherever I am.
I greet you, thank you, I embrace you