NEWS ANALYSIS - Pauline Jaricot, a "modern saint"

Saturday, 25 July 2020 pontifical mission societies   mission   evangelization   holiness  

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - Social media, in her day, were far from existing. But Pauline Jaricot, a seventeen-year-old from Lyon, already had a clear understanding of the capillary and ontologically universal dimension of a community like that of believers in Christ. Not so much for the rigid structure or for its financial potential. Rather because, in her heart, the young woman had gained the awareness that prayer is a transcendent force that moves mountains and charity is a global language, capable of reaching every man and woman, in every corner of the planet. This young woman is today a model for the Church of the 21st century: on May 26, Pope Francis authorized the publication of the decree recognizing the miracle attributed to the intercession of the venerable servant of God Pauline Marie Jaricot (1799-1862), thus opening the way to her beatification.
She had the happy intuition of "networking", promoting initiatives that unite believers in prayer and in broadening horizons to alleviate the suffering of people close and distant thousands of kilometers, up to "the ends of the earth". Jaricot offers her peculiar and crucial contribution to the sensitivity and missionary activity of the Church, taken up in the early nineteenth century: thanks to the young woman from Lyon, that missionary sensitivity is extended and shared with all the people of God, with the idea that all the baptized - and not only the religious who left for distant lands - were authentic protagonists of the mission of the Church. (...) - continues