On Monday my husband and I will be traveling to Italy on a tour. I am elated for our trip. I toured Italy in high school and always dreamed of going back. The difference between then and now is that back then I didn’t really pay attention to or appreciate the religious aspect of it. Now I am stoked for the whole adventure. My husband however, has not been as enthusiastic when asked about his upcoming trip. We are going for our 10 year anniversary celebration and he is doing it for me because he knows I want to go. Yet, now as the trip gets near he is becoming more excited and enthusiastic.
The one thing that I am most excited about is the possibility of seeing the Pope at the Papal Audience. What is a Papal Audience you ask? I didn’t know until I looked it up.
The Papal Audience is a chance for those on pilgrims and those visiting to see the Pope and to receive the Papal Blessing from the successor of the Apostle Peter during their visit. It consists of small teachings and readings. The Pope greets everyone in different languages and special visiting groups will get a mention. At the end the Pope will pray together with those attending the Audience.
However, when I was talking to my husband about the Pope I was explaining that it was about much more than just him being the Pope for me. Pope Francis, I believe, is going to change the Catholic Church and is the blessing that we have been praying for. He had the opportunity to live a very lavish lifestyle and he turned it down. Who does that? A man we should all admire. He is a man who represents everything I want to be. He is humble, caring, giving, generous, loving, empathetic and much more. He visits the poor, imprisoned, feeds the sick…. He is what the Catholic Church that I believe in truly stands for and he is not afraid to address current issues we are facing.
So my prayer for him and all of us is;
Thank you God for the gift of Pope Francis. Please continue to be by his side giving him the strength and wisdom he needs to face the current issues of the Catholic Church. Help all of us to be open to your will and the future of the Catholic Church. Let us all embrace ‘love one another’ no matter how hard that may be at times.
The following prayer can be found here
Lord, source of eternal life and truth; give to your shepherd, the Pope, a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and Vicar of Christ, build your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
I look forward to future posts about our trip. Please keep all those traveling and those who are not safe.
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