Jonah 3:1-10; Ps 51 A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn; Luke 11:29-32
A year ago yesterday the Cardinals gathered to elect a new pope. They megan the process with these words, "I call as my witness christ the Lord, who will be my judge that my vote is given to the one who before God I think should be elected."
Thus began the process of the conclave. Cardinals from around the globe gathered in prayer and fasting to listen to the Spirit of God and to cast a vote and thus elect a successor to Peter, Vicar of Christ.
Tomorrow we celebrate the one year anniversary of the election of Pope Francis.
He certainly has shaken things up. He was on the cover of Time Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine just to name a few. He has achieved Rock Star status.
Your guess is as good as mine.
Here are his words for Ash Wednesday last week.
May they guide you as you continue to enter in to this reality of lent.
"Lent is about two things: to have a greater awareness of the redemptive work of Christ and to live out our baptism with deeper commitment.
Awareness of the marvels God works should lead to thanksgiving. Conversion begins with a grateful response to the stupendous mystery of God's love.
Living out our baptism to the full means we no longer accept (mediocrity). We can no longer passively accept certain forms of behaviors. We need to be shocked once again by these behaviors (what people do or say).
We have grown to accustomed to these behaviors and we (let them slide).
We need to recover the ability to react to the reality of evil which challenges us."