Your Holiness, in your words and deeds, you set a profound moral example. And in these gentle but firm reminders of our obligations to God and to one another, you are shaking us out of complacency. All of us may, at times, experience discomfort when we contemplate the distance between how we lead our daily lives and what we know to be true and right. But I believe such discomfort is a blessing, for it points to something better. You shake our conscience from slumber; you call on us to rejoice in Good News, and give us confidence that we can come together, in humility and service, and pursue a world that is more loving, more just, and more free. Here at home and around the world, may our generation heed your call to “never remain on the sidelines of this march of living hope!”
The above words are from the welcoming speech President Obama gave to Pope Francis a while ago. This speech brought me to tears. Click on the source above to see the entire speech. If only we as a nation could embrace the message given. But sadly I realize that there are many who presently control our congress who will do almost anything to prevent much of them from becoming reality.
The pope’s words and actions almost want me to renew my Catholic bonds that were lost so many years ago.