Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pope Francis

What a day! Was sitting here at my desk, waiting for the smoke and then it came and it was first reported black, then someone screamed "bianco" and all hell broke loose around here.

When Pope Francis emerged and asked the world to pray for him, and when he bowed his head, and when the world (including those in our crowded lunchroom here at WLP) fell silent, I sat there stunned and moved by the Holy Spirit. It's days like these when I feel like a vital part of the great communion of 1.2 billion of my brothers and sisters all over this weary world.

And then to read this about him:

Bergoglio often rode the bus to work, cooked his own meals and regularly visited the slums that ring Argentina's capital. He considers social outreach, rather than doctrinal battles, to be the essential business of the church.

He accused fellow church leaders of hypocrisy and forgetting that Jesus Christ bathed lepers and ate with prostitutes.

"Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit," Bergoglio told Argentina's priests last year.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Keith Kalemba said...

Wish I could have been there in the lunch room. I heard it from the car waiting for a freight train on Cumberland.

Denise Morency Gannon said...

Apparently he was very instrumental in working with detainees and political prisoners behind the scenes during the Argentine regime in the '70's but didn't come out publicly against the regime itself, more in the style of Eugenio Pacelli than Oscar Romero. I would guess that Bergolio wanted to protect as many of his people as he could. A moving day. Didn't see this one coming and REALLY happy not to lose our metropolitan, Sean O'Malley, although the Romans would have voted him in by acclamation!