All I really want to do at the moment is to sit around reading what the Holy Father has been saying. I tend to be fairly cynical person., but I am completely disarmed, and this is the article that did
As I wrote in an earlier post, I have been praying for the new pope since a few days after Pope Benedict announced his resignation. I prayed that the Lord would give him a peace and confidence in his election, and that He would give him the courage to do His will, and that most of all, that this pope would be deeply immersed in the Heart of Jesus. Well, it doesn't seem like I needed to worry much on any of these accounts. And also, as I wrote in my prayer for the Holy Father, I prayed that the Lord would protect him from those who would try to destroy him, but when I read the article about Pope Francis's address to the journalists, I pretty much quit worrying about that, because you can't destroy a man who has already given everything away.
When I think about the animus that has been directed towards the Church and in some cases toward the Holy Father, and then read what certainly seems to be his sincere declaration of love toward them, and his tenderness in addressing them, it fills me with hope. It gives me a vision of what it could be like to really be able to love your enemies because you, having truly abandoned yourself to the Lord, have nothing to fear and nothing to lose. He seems to me to be speaking to them from the perspective of God.
And so, I would hope for all of us that for the love of God, truly for the love of God, we might quit worrying about what other people are saying about Pope Francis, and about our concern for our own ideas of how he might affect our own little part of the Catholic world, or what he might change that might make us unhappy. I hope that just for once we might let go of our own fears, and default self-protective mechanisms, and securities and open our heart to what he is saying.
And this, I really like this, too.
Sorry if there are typos. I just can't look at this computer anymore.