General Audience, June 18, 2014 - Pope Francis
I was having a conversation with someone who was recalling how her mother would often say “God bless you.” This is a powerful greeting, whether it be a welcoming or a parting. The concept of blessing loved ones in their comings and goings was a common practice. It was an expression of love and a desire for God to be with that person. It was a reminder that God is with you on your journeys. By and large, we have fallen away from this practice. We live in a time when we need to know that God is with our journeys, and that our comings and goings are with God’s blessing. As the New Year begins, maybe it would be a suitable blessing to ask that God with our loved ones. A simple “God bless you” sincerely spoken may be a precious gift to the one who is being blessed.