“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
LORD Jesus Christ,
Thank you for sending us your vicar on earth, Pope Francis, to lead us, tend us, and feed us, Your sheep!
He seems like a truly humble man who has followed Saint Francis’s example his whole life, and lived a life of spiritual and physical poverty, in order that he be rich spiritually in YOU, and even physically– that is, Eucharistically!– in YOU.
Thank you so very much, O LORD, for the gift of the Chair of Saint Peter that you have bestowed upon us. Without our believed popes, we would feel like sheep without a Shepherd. Though you are truly the Shepherd of All, o LORD Jesus Christ, you knew that we would still need a “rock” here on this earth upon whom we could lean on (the pope!) until you come again in glory!
The gates of the Netherworld shall never prevail against Your Church, O LORD. Thank you for gifting us yet again another shepherd of Your flock, who himself is following You, Our One True Divine Shepherd.
Let us all be open and excited, and obedient, to the will of our new Holy Father and His steering of Your ship, the Church, on earth… towards Heaven, with Mother Mary as our North Star. He is Our Holy Father, but only You are Our Heavenly Father.
Your Daughter Rosanna
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”
–John 21:15-18, a Gospel account of the first pope, Saint Peter!
About our New Pope, the 265th successor of Saint Peter,
I have only read a little bit about him, and he already inspires me.
Supposedly as Cardinal Bishop Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis refused to live in the Bishop’s Palace. Instead, he lived in a humble apartment, took public transportation (the bus!), and did his own cooking and cleaning (he refused to have domestic helpers). It is also said that he has advised clergy higher ups to be very judicial about their trips to Rome due to the high cost of plane tickets– and if the Holy Spirit did not truly will them to visit, to use the money of the airfare to feed the hungry in their towns instead.
If you had watched Pope Francis give his first papal speech today, he also asked the throngs at Saint Peter (and all over the world through live streaming) to pray for him first, before He gave any sort of papal blessing! He told the people that he was blessed by them first and foremost. Today he also did not want to address the cardinals on a podium as is tradition, but instead at eye level. Lastly, he refused to enter his limousine at the Vatican. Instead, he rode the bus home with his (formerly fellow) Cardinals. The Swiss Guard must have been perplexed and caught off guard.
A couple of interesting tidbits? He’s the first Latin American pope, and the first Jesuit pope. By many he will be known as the “pope of firsts,” as there is a plethora of other things for which he is first.
One thing I do know is that the first thing that pope already seems like he wants to do is to be the figurative “last” in everything, as Jesus exhorted us we should all desire when He said: “whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all” (Mark 10:43-44).
Let us as one holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church rejoice today.
Habemus Papa Francesco!
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