It is Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. I have an appointment with Pope Francis at 10 a.m. in Santa Marta. I, however, inherited from my father the habit of arriving early for everything. The people who welcome me tell me to make myself comfortable in one of the parlors. I do not have to wait for long and after a few minutes I am brought over to the lift.
St Patrick Catholic Church
In the Roman Catholic tradition, the people of Saint Patrick Parish are called to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ by our words and actions through the celebration of the Sacraments, acts of justice and charity and life-long faith formation; the fruits of which are a welcoming faith-filled community bringing ourselves and others, through God’s grace, to salvation.
Here’s a house translation of the core of the Pope’s Window Talk – delivered before yet another overflowing Square, even in a soaking rain, and dedicated per usual to this Sunday’s lengthy Gospel containing “the three great parables of mercy”: the Lost Sheep, the Lost Money, and the Prodigal Son….
Using a preaching-stand, pastorale (crozier, above) and chalice all fashioned from the wood of the wrecked boats piled up along the nearby coastline of Europe’s “Ellis Island,” in the major event of his first trip outside Rome – a four-hour pilgrimage to Lampedusa, the aspired destination of some 20,000 refugees who died en route over recent years – the Pope delivered the following homily earlier today….