|[Credit to Catholic Memes on Facebook]|
Pope Francis met with journalists who have been covering his selection at the Vatican, where he not only discussed the choice of his papal name but also gave them an exhortation and blessing.
His undeniable humility elicited applause (and even some tears) from reporters as he blessed them and assured them that "the church, for her part, is very attentive to your precious work"...
Here's the exhortation (which made me jump up and down with joy, as a writer and reader who recommends "good" books for young souls) :
"Like many other professions, your job requires study, sensitivity, and experience. But it bears with it a particular attention to truth, goodness and beauty. This makes us particularly close because the church exists to communicate truth, goodness and beauty 'in person.' It should be clear that we are all called, not to communicate ourselves, but rather...truth, goodness, and beauty."
So how did Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio come to choose the name "Francis"? He said that at the election, his dear friend Cardinal Claudio Hummes, who was next to him, hugged him when the votes reached the two-thirds, saying "Do not forget the poor."
"And that word stuck here - the poor, the poor. Then immediately in relation to the poor, I thought of Francis of Assisi...for me he is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and safeguards creation. Oh how I wish for a church that is poor and for the poor!"
|Painting by Marilyn Moyes|
The article stated that even though the Pope, "Papa Francesco" didn't say the traditional Latin blessing and make the sign of the cross over the journalists, "he had, indeed, blessed us."
"From my heart I impart this blessing, in silence, to each of you, respecting the conscience of each one, but knowing that each of you is a child of God: May God bless you."
Did you, by chance, happen to exhale a sigh like I did at her soft-hearted closing words?? What a lovely article - I wish there were more like it in our daily media!
[read the whole article by Cathleen Falsani, from the Orange County Register, here]
Picture Books about St. Francis of Assisi: