Posted by: wordofthevine | March 19, 2013

Our New Pope: Pope Francis


At the inauguration of his pontificate, Pope Francis I issued the following exhortation to the faithful and to the World:

“Today, too, amid so much darkness, we need

 to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others.

“Let us never forget that authentic power is service and that the pope too, when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant culmination on the Cross.”

“He must be inspired by the lowly, concrete and faithful service which marked St. Joseph and, like him, he must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important.”

He draws us each back to our roots, our roots as Christians or persons simplified by the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, as persons familiar with the demands of love, of the Cross. When ever we may wander and seek self, comforts, and material gain, let us be awakened by our Pope, for we stand on thin ice or shaky ground. As humans, imbued with the capacity and power of the Gospel, to be temples of the living presence of Christ, we have to be people with our priorities centered on serving others around us in our families, our communities and parishes. This courageous act can be accomplished most easily when we slow down, attend, and notice the needs of others around us. Returning a grimace with a smile, a sharp word with a peaceful word, a cold thirsty yearning with the substance from our hearts, hearts that are grounded in the ever- presence mercy and love of Jesus alive within us. Family and Work life are loaded with opportunities for holiness ~Mary

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