TO THE COLLEGE OF PERSONNEL
OF THE PONTIFICAL ANTECHAMBER AND THEIR FAMILIES
Thursday, 16 January 2014
I am very happy to meet you and I wish to offer you and your families my best
wishes for the year that has just begun.
You are at home here, and I am grateful to you for the service you perform at
the audiences, ceremonies and other official receptions. I greatly appreciate
the attention and warmth with which you carry out your work, in a spirit of
welcome inspired by love for the Church and the Pope.
Let us ask ourselves: to whom does the Pontifical Household belong? Who is the
master of this house? The Pontifical Household belongs to all of the members of
the Catholic Church, who may experience here hospitality, family warmth and
support for their faith. And the true Master of the House is the Lord, whose
disciples we all are, as servants of his Gospel. This requires that we cultivate
a constant dialogue with him in prayer, that we grow in his friendship and
intimacy, and that we bear witness to his merciful love towards everyone.
Performed in this spirit, your work can become an occasion for communicating the
joy of belonging to the Church.
Yesterday’s liturgy presented us with the figure of the young Samuel who,
dwelling in the Temple of Jerusalem, recognized the voice of the Lord and
responded to his call (cf. 1 Sam 3:9). May this setting also be for you a place
to listen to God who speaks to you, who calls you to serve him in an ever more
mature and generous way.
Dear friends, may the Lord bless your families, and may Our Lady protect them
always. I ask you to please pray for me! Thank you