Holy Father Pope Francis while addressing the faithful gathered in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta for the Holy Mass, conveyed the importance of keeping tethered to our roots, especially the spiritual roots and avoiding what he called as “psychological self-exile”. His Holiness highlighted that the man and woman who find their roots, who are faithful to their membership are a man and woman in joy.

As reported by en.radiovaticana.va, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “A person without roots, who has forgotten his roots, is sick and finding, rediscovering their roots and taking the strength to go forward, the strength to flourish.” Further, His Holiness added, “Along this journey of recovery, there has been so much resistance and resistance comes from those who prefer exile and when there is no physical exile, psychological exile: self-exile from the community, from society, from those who prefer to be uprooted people, without roots.”

His Holiness concluded his message by exhorting that “If you are afraid of crying, you will have fear of laughing because, after one weeps with sadness, there come tears of joy.”