What a day.
I just read yesterday that Pope Francis came in second in the election of Pope Benedict but it still caught me off-guard. I've been scrambling to do homework. What is out there is mostly good news - no doubt you have all read it by now. I'm waiting for Michael Voris' report as I also read concerns from our Latin Rite Catholics, but wanted to share my initial thoughts.
I confess - I panicked when I heard he was a Jesuit!
On doing initial diligence, he seems both faithful to the teachings of the Church and lover the poor. He comes across as loving, kind, humble. Marian. He is articulate, willing to hit below the belt in the public square when the politicians are pulling his flock into the sewer. The fire is going. Burning hot. I couldn't help but be attracted.
At the parish where I go to daily Mass, there is a statue of St. Anthony that takes my breath away. It's the traditional statue - in one arm he is holding the Christ Child and with the other, he is blessing. But the kindness, warmth and love on his face is really exceptional. It was facing me today and the love on his face moved me to tears. Pope Francis has the same kind of face and aura around him.
Thus says the LORD:
In a time of favor I answer you,
on the day of salvation I help you;
and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people,
To restore the land
and allot the desolate heritages,
Saying to the prisoners: Come out!
To those in darkness: Show yourselves!
Along the ways they shall find pasture,
on every bare height shall their pastures be.
They shall not hunger or thirst,
nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;
For he who pities them leads them
and guides them beside springs of water.
I will cut a road through all my mountains,
and make my highways level.
See, some shall come from afar,
others from the north and the west,
and some from the land of Syene.
Sing out, O heavens, and rejoice, O earth,
break forth into song, you mountains.
For the LORD comforts his people
and shows mercy to his afflicted.
But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget,
I will never forget you.
n.b. There is a plenary indulgence if you receive the Pope's blessing - even if received through the electronic media. You can voluntarily bequeath it to a soul in purgatory for their release and ransom. A soul who has nobody to pray for them - or lay it at the feet of Our Lady and tell her to use it as she sees fit - for the living or the dead. A win win.
pps - ChurchMilitantTV reports that it is confirmed that he took the name after St. Francis of Assisi.
Here we go kiddies!
Soli Deo Gloria.