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What wealth? Pope Francis has made it clear that material wealth is not the capital that makes us happy or the grease that oils the machinery of true human goodness.
The wealth of the Gospel is found in
[P][p]ersons: from the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to the disciples, evangelists, fathers, mothers, workers, thinkers, pray-ers, sisters, brothers, and more. And as Sister Anne Flanagan makes clear in her NunBlog, the Paulines will be spreading the gospel bounty throughout the time of Pope's visit in Philadelphia:
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The heart of the Pope expands to include everyone. To testify to the immensity of God’s love is the heart of the mission entrusted to the Successor of Peter, the Vicar of the One who on the cross embraced the whole of mankind. May no member of Christ’s Body and the American people feel excluded from the Pope’s embrace.
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Wherever the name of Jesus is spoken, may the Pope’s voice also be heard to affirm that: “He is the Savior”! From your great coastal cities to the plains of the Midwest, from the deep South to the far reaches of the West, wherever your people gather in the Eucharistic assembly, may the Pope be not simply a name but a felt presence, sustaining the fervent plea of the Bride: “Come, Lord!”Encouraging dialogue and not harshness as the way for bishops to shepherd, Pope Francis cannot help but encourage us--the flock of those bishops--to reject harsh words and to love and respect yes, even our enemies:
... we are promoters of the culture of encounter… Dialogue is our method, not as a shrewd strategy but out of fidelity to the One who never wearies of visiting the marketplace, even at the eleventh hour, to propose his offer of love (Mt 20:1-16).
The path ahead, then, is dialogue among yourselves, dialogue in your presbyterates, dialogue with lay persons, dialogue with families, dialogue with society. I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly...
Do not be afraid to set out on that “exodus” which is necessary for all authentic dialogue. Otherwise, we fail to understand the thinking of others, or to realize deep down that the brother or sister we wish to reach and redeem, with the power and the closeness of love, counts more than their positions, distant as they may be from what we hold as true and certain.
Harsh and divisive language does not befit the tongue of a pastor, it has no place in his heart; although it may momentarily seem to win the day, only the enduring allure of goodness and love remains truly convincing.And are we not all pastors, by virtue of our baptism? Prophets, priests and kings we are. At this moment when the Vicar of Christ is visiting our shores, can we not renew ourselves in loving dialogue?
To paraphrase Frank Sheed, co-founder of Sheed and Ward Publishers and street corner apologist for the Catholic Evidence Guild:
When you are tempted to put someone in his place, remember that his place is in heaven, at your side in front of the throne of God._________________________
Rae Stabosz has been a member of the Association of Pauline Cooperators since 2003. She and Bill Stabosz, her husband of 46 years, have six sons, three daughters, nine grandsons and six granddaughters; they eagerly await the birth of grands #16 & #17. Rae retired in 2007 from the University of Delaware, where she was a technology and media specialist for 27 years. She is co-founder and past president of The Society of Catholic Scholars of Delaware and proprietor, since 2004, of the Pious Ladies Bookmobile.