Friday, March 15, 2013
"Now I would like to give my blessing. But first, I will ask a favor. Before the bishop blesses his people, he asks that you pray to the Lord to bless me, the prayer of the people for the blessing of their bishop. Let's pray for me in silence."
When I first heard this request for prayer I had trouble understanding it. The pope is supposed to bless us and then get on with all of his popely duties.
He asked us to pray for HIM? WOW!!!
It all began to make sense as I soaked in the event. I was watching the events unfold at work - in my boss' office. I am pretty sure this was not the scene in every business office in Western North Carolina, but I work in a Catholic parish. Not you typical Catholic parish, but a Catholic parish run by Jesuits. Jesuits are a special breed and in the presence of two of these men, Pope Francis' request began to seem very typical. The Jesuits are very spiritual men. This request was very Jesuit - or rather very Ignatian. The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) was founded by St Ignatius of Loyola.
Keep an eye on this blog for much more about Francis and Ignatian Spirituality.