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Fra’ Elia ‘puts hope’ into hearts of locals

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‘Pray and be full of hope’ was the message from Italian mystic Fra’ Elia who visited South Australia over the past week.

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In St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on November 23, the Brother told the congregation – with translation provided by Fr Charles Gauci – to “be strong, full of hope and always out evangelising”.

“Remind yourselves to pray for 10 minutes a day, one-on-one with the Blessed Mother… not only when you are ill, but always.”

Fra’ Elia visited the Archdiocese at the invitation of Archbishop Wilson and addressed three other gatherings in the Salisbury, Newton and Mt Gambier parishes.

He said the purpose of his visit was to “put hope” into the hearts of the people, also encouraging priests to go out and evangelise and “not wait for the people to come to you”.

“We must always remember that we are children of God and that He loves us and He never abandons us. The love He gives us we must not keep for ourselves, but distribute it to others. Those who love the other have fulfilled the law of God.

“We must forgive always before the sun goes down and say ‘I love you, let us make peace and let us begin again’. Don’t point your finger towards your brother, don’t judge.

“By wanting too much and rushing, we go where man wants us to go. By doing little and being simple we go where God wants us to go,” Fra’ Elia said.

The founder of the Apostles of God from Calvi dell’Umbria in the province of Terni, Italy, Fra’ Elia describes himself as a “mystic” who is a “pilgrim in the world and for the world”.

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