Sharing, Gratuitousness and Service in the throwaway Society
Mons. Antonio Bello was bishop of Molfetta and National President of Pax Christi. His pastoral choice to radically opt for the last, and his commitment to the promotion of peace, nonviolence, justice and solidarity, make him among the most daring prophets of our days. A great expert of the Word, his writings -generally in epistolary form- delve into reality, facts and folds of history looking for signs of hope hidden from our hasty glances. A thorny bishop, because he witnessed a preached life...
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On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Saint Joseph's being declared patron of the universal Church, the Pope announced a special "Year of Saint Joseph", during which - as stated in the Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary, which grants the gift of special Indulgences - "may each believer follow his example and daily strengthen his own life in faith fulfilling God's will".
To guide and accompany our reflections, Francis published an apostolic letter illustrating one of St. Joseph's aspects: paternity. The document opens: "With the heart of a father: this is how Joseph loved Jesus, called in all four Gospels “The son of Joseph”.
Hence the initiative to republish a large text by God's Servant Antonio Bello in which the figure of Saint Joseph is the narrative thread. This is the speech he made in Assisi on the occasion of the 42nd Youth Conference in 1987 on the theme: "Captured by the ephemeral?" This explains the subtitle "In the throwaway society", which is the background to the speech and, in some way, inspires its drafting.
(From the preface by Card. Marcello Semeraro)