SO MUCH EXCITEMENT!
Everything I see, everything I read, it just gets better and better, I LOVE the gift that God gave to us all in this new Pope. Sometimes people describe themselves as the “JPII Generation” or say that Benedict was THEIR Pope and I never felt that either applied to me. I was very blessed, I had the opportunity to see both JPII and Benedict numerous times. John Paul in Rome in 2001 and at WYD in Toronto in 2002, and Benedict in Rome in 2006 and 2007, and in Washington DC and New York in 2008. I tried to read their encyclicals, I started this blog to spur me on to read and try to digest and apply to my day-to-day life what my Holy Father (whoever he might be at the time) was saying. But everything he does and says, even this little wave
Just makes me love him more and more! I am so excited for the Church, for the World, for every Catholic who might be reached by this humble holy man, because his style, his words, his kindness is just so attractive!
The title of this post, ‘an open mind and a believing heart’ is a paraphrase from a homily of Cardinal Bergoglio and the cardinals through their dean, cardinal Sodano, promised to keep that attitude as they work to serve the Church with their new Pontiff. see here
In Pope Francis’ first homily as Pope he spoke about three kinds of movement, walking, building and professing. (Full text here) short version here:
“Walking: our life is a journey and when we stop, there is something wrong”…”Build up the Church, the Bride of Christ, the cornerstone of which is the same Lord. With [every] movement in our lives, let us build!”…”When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the devil.”…” When we walk without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, and when we profess Christ without the Cross, we are not disciples of the Lord. We are worldly”
I have been trying to keep up with that our wonderful new Pope has been saying, and this quote really struck me:
“Let us never give in to pessimism, to that bitterness that the devil offers us every day. Do not give in to pessimism and discouragement. We have the firm certainty that the Holy Spirit gives the Church with His mighty breath, the courage to persevere and also to seek new methods of evangelization, to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The Christian truth is attractive and persuasive because it responds to the deep needs of human existence, convincingly announcing that Chirst is the only Saviour of the whole person and of all persons. This announcement is as valid today as it was at the beginning of Christianity when there was a great missionary expansion of the Gospel.
quote also from here
Theres just so much, its all powerful and moving and so kind and gentle and, normal! Understandable without being too philosophical or too deep or complex, like this message: