For 17 months we have witnessed and lived the journey with Pope Francis as our leader and guide. It seems no matter where I travel - be it a classroom, parish setting or national organizational meetings - I am constantly asked this question: What do you think of Pope Francis?
This past week I attended the J.S. Paluch Vocations Seminar in Chicago. This gathering was energizing, fruitful and inspiring as we discussed the effects Pope Francis has had on the world. We also discussed his effect on vocations within the church and about the upcoming year on Consecrated Life.
|Father Rosica, CSB|
During the session we heard from Father Tom Rosica, CSB, who reminded us of the challenges Pope Francis puts forth: globalization of indifference, challenges and temptations of the Church, making the Gospel message an ideology, functionalism and clericalism, just to name just a few.
Father Rosica explained: “Everything the Pope is doing now is not just an imitation of his patron saint who loved the poor, embraced lepers, charmed sultans, made peace and protected nature. It’s a reflection of the child in Bethlehem who would grow up to become the man of the cross in Jerusalem … the Risen One that no tomb could contain … the man we Christians call savior and Lord. Pope Francis has given us a powerful glimpse into the mind and heart of God.”
We also had the opportunity to view an extraordinary documentary on the life of Pope Francis produced by Sebastian Gomes entitled: The Francis Effect. I highly recommend this film as an educational tool for schools, parishes, families and for anyone who is interested in learning more about this man, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Bishop of Rome – Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has given us much to think about concerning our daily lives. His simplicity, tenderness, kindness, prayerfulness and his ability to reach the depths of our hearts is such a gift to us. How do you live the “Francis Effect” in your life?Read More