And then today….
I’ve been thinking about the Pope appearing on network television’s 20/20 program last night as he prepares for his visit to the United States. He took questions and gave heartfelt and comforting responses.
He seems to be an answer to our prayers as he is so perfect for these times in history. We need him.
I was raised Methodist and now continue to search and study all religions. My background taught me that God is love, not fear. I reach out to other religions including Buddism and Islam. I read Thich Nhat Hanh and embrace mindfulness.
In 2001 when we visited Italy, I particularly was drawn to Assisi and the works of St. Francis’. Pope Francis has chosen his name from St. Francis, I believe, and I am comforted by his inclusive, kind, courageous, caring and loving words. He is so like my Jesus Christ whom I met in childhood Sunday School and who has been a guiding light in my life.
Above is photo of the front of a shirt my children gave me for my birthday. I love it. I think it is another way of saying the Golden Rule.
At the end of last night’s program, the Pope asked for something from us. He asked that we pray for him.
I pray and wish him well, now and always.
Yesterday I was thinking of how religion has caused so much desperation and strife in the world. Today I celebrate a man of peace.