Last week I looked for moments to watch and listen to Pope Francis’ addresses at his various stops but just caught bits and piecesand news clips. One thing that was remarkable to me was that no matter where he was and what he said, everyone seemed to see and feel in him the presence of Jesus. They may not have agreed completely with his words but in his presence one could feel unpretentiousness, concern for our future, and compassion, love, and respect for all. He showed love, care, and openness to all.
Love, care, and open hearts, minds and arms for all is what our faith calls us to in the world today. There will be times when it feels comfortable and times when it pinches. But the call of the Holy Spirit is still there. The occasion that brought Pope Francis to America was the World Meeting of Families. How wonderful that an international group gathers to celebrate, pray, and learn about being family—strong in faith and in citizenship! I think about this as we are looking for catechists—adults to echo God’s love and Word to our youth. So often we feel we don’t know enough or have the time or ability to share our faith or think we can be with a group of young people
for 90 minutes!
Whether we think of being a catechist for the parish or not, we most definitely are catechists in our homes and communities! As parents, we introduce our children to God who “seeks us and waits for us first” (Pope Francis, WMF homily). How does this happen? We, parents and grandparents (and others), teach by our lived example how the little things of everyday life create a web of love. When someone says “thank you for the good dinner, thanks for the clean clothes in my closet, or for putting gas in the car,” we recognize the love they have shared with us. Likewise, when we take the time to pray before meals and bed, stop for a hug, or listen to someone read, love lives in our homes and welcomes God as God welcomes us.
Celebrate God’s love everywhere!
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC