His love for
people was authentic brotherly love. It was real charity: missionary and
pastoral charity. It meant that he gave himself to others. Like Jesus the Good
Shepherd, he lay down his life for the sheep, for Christ’s flock: to provide
for their needs, to lead them to salvation. And today, with the Evangelist, we
solemnly proclaim: “There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life
for one’s friends” (John 15, 13).
Servant of God Pope Paul VI
excerpt, canonization homily
19 June 1977
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