Pope Francis & St. Francis of Assisi
March 13, 2013
History was made today, all the way from Argentina. White smoke and a prayer of silence welcomed in the new Pope Francis, who chose his name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, lover of the poor and patron saint of the animals.
Poverty. Humility. Simplicity. All the essentials for rebuilding the Catholic Church in a modern day world where people hunger for transformation and change. “A journey of brotherhood in love and of mutual trust” were the words spoken by our new Pope Francis today, as he gave his blessing to the whole world, and to all men and women of good will.
A man of prayer, a man of action, and a man who people listen to is how many describe the new Pope as he approached the people from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. “Pray for me,” the new pontiff urged the crowd, dressed in the white robes of a pope for the first time. And they did, in the beauty of complete silence. The power of that prayer was felt by more than 100,000 people surrounding St. Peter’s Square. And the energy of that power of silence moved through the hearts and minds of millions of people today as everyone embraced our new Pope Francis.
As he prays to the Madonna tomorrow, let us all pray for him today. May Divine Guidance and Wisdom always be with him as the journey of love and trust begins.
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.