After not much longer than a day in voting—5 ballots in total– the white smoke surged from the most famous chimney in the world, announcing that the new Pope had been elected in the Conclave by the Cardinals. After about an hour of suspense, the glorious moment arrived—the
windows of the Vatican flew open and there to the surprise of many (Our God is a God of mystery and surprise) the new Pope, Vicar of Christ, Supreme Pontiff appeared!
pontificate with only one lung, the first Pope to be chosen on a “13, 13” (March 13th , year 2013!) and finally the first Pope to choose a new
name as Pope FRANCIS!!!! Our God is a God of surprises; our God is a God of Mystery and surprises us with mysteries!
“Some people wanted to know why the Bishop of Rome wished to be called Francis. will tell you the story. During the election, I was seated next to Archbishop Emeritus of Sao Paolo and Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation of the Clergy,
Cardinal Claudio Humes: a good friend, a good friend! And when the votes reached two thirds, there was the usual applause, because the Pope had been elected. And he gave me a hug and a kiss, and said: “Don’t forget the poor!” And those words came to me: the poor, the poor. Then, right away, thinking of 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 protects creation; these days we do not have a very good relation with creation, do we? He is this man who gives us this spirit of peace, the poor man… How I would like a Church which is poor and for the poor!” (Address of the Holy Father Pope Francis to the Representatives of the Communications Media, March 16, 2013). Indeed St. Francis exemplifies and encourages the Pope as well as all true followers of Christ to embrace an
of human beings; from their midst one is chosen to serve as hid Vicar, the Successor
of the Apostle Peter. Yet Christ remains the center, not the Successor of the
Apostle Peter. Christ is the fundamental point of reference, the heart of the
Church. Without him, Peter and the Church would not exist nor have reason to
exist. As Benedict XVI frequently
reminded us, Christ is resent in Church and guides her…
poverty. He chose to live in a simple apartment; decided to cook for himself;
still more he opted against his own expensive car and preferred to wait for the
Argentinian busses (called “Collectivos”) so as to mix, associate and be with
the poor people of his country and the whole world!
contemplate the poverty of Jesus and by means of this meditation to lead us into
a serious examination of our own lives to see if we indeed have accepted,
embraced and made the firm purpose and determination of the will to live out
evangelical poverty, which indeed is truly the freedom of the sons of God!
royal and splendid mansion! Rather, born into abject poverty, a stable where
animals sought refuge against the inclement weather of the year! As Venerable
Fulton J. Sheen so poignantly expresses it: “The Creator of the Universe had no
place to be born in His own creation!”
poor, simple, humble, frugal home in the town of Nazareth. As Nathanael expressed with surprise, “Can
anything good come out of Nazareth?”
millionaire, nor hi-tech CEO of some successful company; rather, He was a simple
craftsman that we call “Carpenter”. Jesus, as an apprentice, had to be taught
the art of the carpenter by watching and listening to Saint Joseph: sawing,
molding, fitting, adjusting, and nailing (three of these would pierce His
Sacred flesh years later!)
them appeared to be a genius; all of them manifested glaring human defects;
many of them were the simplest of fisher-men, called by Jesus to become
“Fishers of men! Poor men to carry out the most sublime of missions— to save
permanent home—a wandering itinerant preacher, relying on God in every moment. The proof is in these few words that Jesus said: “The foxes have their holes and the birds their nests but the son of man has no place to rest His head.” What extraordinary poverty? Imagine wandering from place to place, no money in your belt and no place to stay— not for a day,
not a week, but for three long years!!! Poverty and absolute Trust in God to the max! Behold the life of Our Lord,
God and Savior!
Passion and death— as Saint Ignatius highlights that He suffered for love of you and me—with the deepest sentiments of gratitude and love! Betrayed by an Apostle whom He called “Friend “and allowed the kiss (Judas); and denied three times by Peter—what extreme poverty of affection!
JESUS’ BURIAL! Finally Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimithea took Jesus’ body and buried it in a borrowed tomb— not even the tomb of Jesus! Let us peacefully meditate on thechallenge and call to poverty of Pope Francis. Let us recall the extraordinary example of Saint Francis of Assisi. Finally let us contemplate the Words, birth, life and death of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. By means of this meditation, let us accept the challenge to look into the depths of our own hearts, homes, lives, and style of life and strive to live out the Gospel mandate and imperative! “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the
of God is at hand.” (Mk. 1:15) May Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, and Our Lady of Guadalupe, encourage us to embrace poverty, with the firm conviction that our treasure awaits us in heaven.