Beyond the Clouds by Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, S.A.C. - Page 73

bloods contain the same elements and has the same colour. We travel together from one airport, and arrive together at the next. There can be a lot of accidental qualities to our existence, like the country in which we are born, the language that we speak, and the profession that we are in. They are all important and constitute our personality and personal history. But just like Pope Francis, “quite a few years of life have strengthened my conviction that each and everyone’s existence is deeply tied to that of others: life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions.” The common elements seem to be much more than the differences. It has struck me very much that children all over the world are the same in many ways. Their pure, innocent faces show the beauty and dignity of each human person. In their beauty we do not know whether they are Christian, Muslim, or Hindu. But we can make out which child is really cared for, and which one is deprived of his or her childhood. That is why we must invest on the project, “make a child smile again!” When a child cries, God cries. When a child is in pain, God is in pain. We are each precious in the eyes of Jesus, and in returning the joy to a child’s face, we ourselves become more human and universal. Mother Teresa has said, “one cannot love, unless it is at their own expense.” A dear friend of this new saint is also a global citizen, of whom I admire to the greatest extent: St. John Paul II. His heart was big enough to embrace all of humanity. He transcended every worldly barrier, and travelled the world cherishing the kids, inspiring the youth, inflaming the spirit in the old, and was beloved amongst all nations, cultures, and continents. How noble this person who walked on the face of the earth! And how many such persons have lived among us, transforming the lives of individuals and the world! When we fly beyond the clouds, we get to feel a taste of the infinity; we get to live in Heaven while doing our mission on earth. That was why St. Vincent Pallotti believed in the God of Infinite Love and Mercy. This great Saint- who never left Rome- was genuinely a citizen of the global community; one who 73