My Dear Parish Family
Our Bishop has written an great article on his impressions of the visit of our Holy Father Pope Francis to the United States. Some of these remarks are included below, and the full article can be found here. Let us all continue to pray for Pope Francis and for Bishop O’Connell, particularly during this month of the Most Holy Rosary. As always, I ask that you pray for me as I will pray for you.
Rev. Brian Patrick Woodrow
“Pope Francis Among Us”
Bishop David M. O’Conner
I had the privilege of seeing the Holy Father at close range in Washington and in Philadelphia. I even shook his hand. I couldn’t help but witness the real love and joy his face radiated with every contact he made. He looked people in the eye. He made them feel important. He paused to comfort and bless people in wheel chairs; to kiss children lifted up to him by parents. He took the hands of people who never expected to come in contact with the Vicar of Christ. He embraced prisoners, immigrants, the homeless, the poor, as well as the wealthy and powerful, and did so as if there were no difference among them. His gestures were homilies and sermons in themselves, without any words needed... But every Pope belongs to the people as their teacher and shepherd. Every Pope, like each of us, has to be true to himself and use his personality to advance the Gospel and the Kingdom of God. Pope Francis is an amazing, awesome man whose entire being is a sermon. In text, tone and gesture he teaches the mind and warms the heart. May he continue to be a Shepherd who knows and loves the sheep, who unites them in mercy and truth and who leads them home to the Church, where the Gospel of Christ transforms people into their truest, best selves.