Lent 2013 – day 31   Leave a comment

IMG_0311What to DO in Lent 2013?

Is this a season to go deeper and to reflect on updating one’s theology?

There has been much said, and written, about the election of Pope Francis. He offered a homily this week as he began his term as the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

A columnist for The Toronto Star, Rosie Dimanno, wrote this about the content of the homily:

“Protection, looking out for each other, was the homily’s central theme, “protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world. . . . It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live.’’ Our first tree-hugger pope, oh my.

“It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about’’, embracing “with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the native, the sick, those in prison.’’

Francis segued to unusually frank admonitions. “Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all the men and women of goodwill: Let us be ‘protectors’ of . . . one another and the environment. Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of the world.’’

Protection, he emphasized, demands “tenderness and love.’”

The whole column by Dimanno can be found at:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/pope/2013/03/19/pope_francis_shows_radical_humility_amidst_vatican_pomp.html

Who am I “protecting”?

How does the way I live “protect” life, and love?

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