Today I was able to follow most of the continuing visit of Pope Francis. Here are some of the moments that moved me the most. At his address to the United Nations, Pope Francis encouraged the working relationship of the institution to move toward the common good of all people. He said, “The common home of all men and women must continue to rise on the foundations of a right understanding of universal fraternity and respect for the sacredness of every human life, of every man and every woman, the poor, the elderly, children, the infirm, the unborn, the unemployed, the abandoned, those considered disposable because they are only considered as part of a statistic. This common home of all men and women must also be built on the understanding of a certain sacredness of created nature.” The interfaith prayer service at Ground Zero was so beautiful and inspirational. Listening to the prayers of the different religions that were represented there helped to reiterate the human desire for peace, hope, and love. The pope asked all people to pray for peace. When the choir sang Let There Be Peace On Earth, I was led to tears. Pope Francis seemed most happy when he was visiting the children. I thought it was great that they also sang a song about allowing themselves to be an instrument of God’s peace. He gave them some homework – to pray for him. As people waited for the pope to arrive in Central Park, a rainbow appeared in the sky. When I heard about that, I asked, “What more is God to do to get people’s attention?” Later at Mass at Madison Square Gardens, Pope Francis reminded everyone in the big, busy city that God is there too. I saw pictures from a priest friend who was there. He was seated along with many other priests just behind Pope Francis. It was fun to try to pick him out of the crowd – which I never was able to. Cardinal Dolan was a joy to watch as well. His exuberance and enthusiasm at all times was contagious. It was very interesting that John Boehner decided to submit his resignation today after his very emotional day with the pope yesterday. He talked about a private moment that he had with Pope Francis where the pope took his arm and asked House Speaker Boehner to pray for him. Boehner cried more as he told about it and said, “Who am I to pray for him?” But, that is the way of this humble man.
I Found God today in Pope Francis’ call for peace and prayer.