March 16, 2013
Welcome to Colleen’s meme at Thoughts on Grace. Sabbath Moments are those times when we experience God in the ordinary, and those moments when we rest in the Lord.
Praying for the Conclave
Tuesday late in the morning a friend, her daughter, and I met in the chapel at the cathedral and prayed for the Cardinals electing the new pope. It was fairly dark and we were able to draw close to the tabernacle in this peaceful atmosphere. After we finished, her daughter offered a beautiful spiritual communion that seemed just perfect to end things. Although I pray alone most of the time, something great happens when a few of us gather to intercede for a specific purpose. We really were resting in the Lord even though we prayed out loud.
Watching the Election Announcement Alive
As soon as the white smoke appeared a friend called and she and all her kids came over so we could find out together who the next pope was. It was a good experience to be able to be together at the historic moment when Pope Francis appeared on the balcony and to discuss what we were seeing. The personalities of the recent three popes are diverse and this quiet man dressed in white is completely different from his previous two predecessors. He looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders, and indeed he does. What I’m convinced of is that he is really the one the Holy Spirit wants to lead us right now.
Reading quotes and anecdotes about Pope Francis
This has been both fun and encouraging. I wrote about it earlier this week, but today I saw more quotes that give additional insight to Pope Francis and how he thinks. Many times this week I found myself jumping up and saying, “Yes!” Today he met with the journalists and spoke about their job and how it fits with the job of the Church. He also told how he picked the name, Francis.
From Vatican Radio today:
“The Church” – he said – “does not respond to an earthly logic” and can be difficult to communicate effectively because “the nature of the Church is spiritual, not political”. This is the only perspective in which the work of the Church can be presented, said Pope Francis.
“Christ”, he continued, “is the center, not the Successor of Peter…Christ is the reference point at the heart of the Church, without Him, Peter and the Church would not exist”. The protagonist of all these events, said the Pope, is the Holy Spirit: “
Pope Francis then reflected on what he called the “trinity of communication: Truth, Goodness and Beauty”. “We are not called to communicate ourselves, but this trinity…the Church exists to communicate Truth, Goodness and Beauty”.
…He described how, during the conclave, he was seated beside the Archbishop Emeritus of Sao Paolo and Cardinal Claudio Hummes, a close friend of his. “When the matter became dangerous” – said Pope Francis – “he comforted me”. And when the votes were being counted and it was clear the Pope had been elected, the Cardinals began to applaud and Cardinal Hummes “embraced me and kissed me and said: ‘Don’t forget the poor’…and that struck me…the poor…Immediately I thought of St Francis of Assisi…Francis was a man of peace, a man of poverty, a man who loved and protected creation.” That, said Pope Francis, is how the name came to mind. “How I would love a Church that is poor and for the poor” – he added.
I really loved “When the matter became dangerous…” This man recognizes the great peril of the office of Peter. By the grace of God, though, he will confirm all of us in the Faith without faltering just as Jesus instructed Peter to do.
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