The Catholic wisdom of the people … provides reasons for joy and humor even in the midst of a very hard life. (CCC 1676) The vocation of humanity is to show forth the image of God and to be transformed into the image of the Father’s only Son. This vocation takes a personal form since each of us is called to enter into the divine beatitude; it also concerns the human community as a whole. (CCC 1877)It seems to me that Pope Francis was appointed by God to remind the Church to come back to the basics, to our foundation in Christ. The pope desires to bring us into a balance in our spiritual life. Our first love, our focus, is to allow God to love us, love Him in return, and treat others with the same mercy and forgiveness as we receive from Christ. Rather than attacking Pope Francis, we should all ask ourselves, why so many of us are reacting to this pope. Perhaps Pope Francis is convicting us of our own shortcomings. Rather than taking the log out of our own eyes, we are searching for a speck of dust in the pope’s eyes. Yet here is a man who lives simply and joyfully, a man who lives out the Gospel in real tangible ways. Lord, forgive our arrogance and our presumption that sets us up as judges. Turn our eyes to you, oh God and have mercy on us.
Copyright 2019 Melanie Jean Juneau
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Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart-warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, the Editor in Chief at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC & author of Echoes of the Divine.