Vatican City, 14 March 2014 (VIS) – At 9 a.m. today, the five days of spiritual exercises held in the Casa del Divin Maestro in Ariccia came to an end with the song of Praise and the final meditation. The Holy Father thanked Fr. Angelo De Donatis, priest of San Marco Evangelista all'Campidoglio, for his daily meditations.
“We now return home with a good seed: the seed of the Word of God. … The Lord will send the rain and the seed will grow … and will bear fruit. We thank the Lord for the seed and for the rain he will send to us, but we also wish to thank the sower of the seed. ...We are all sinners, but all of us wish to follow Jesus more closely, without losing hope in the promise and also without losing our sense of humour”.
The Holy Father then returned to the Vatican to resume scheduled activities.