“You illustrate humility, you model service, and a hope we all are hoping and waiting for.”
On the morning of September 19th, you, Holy Father, flew to Havana, Cuba, where people raised their eyes to welcome you. A path of faith was printed in the itinerary of your visit to Cuba, celebrating Mass, vespers, and paying tribute to Mother Mary in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre. I feel called to imitate your itinerary in my life, and this is not impossible. There is a church on my way to work to offer a prayer of thanksgiving, there is a rosary for me to pray on the train to bring me to our Mother, there are moments of silence to close my eyes and hear the Lord in my prayers. The eyes of the world follow you closely during your Apostolic Visit. The show us the Church is for everyone.
You are now in the United States, continuing your Apostolic Journey in Washington, New York and Philadelphia, where more people are eager to hear your message of peace and hope. Your address to the American Congress in Washington, and to the United Nations Assembly in New York, reminds me of this moment in the Gospel: “and they were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority.” Wherever you go, the dazzling and flashing of lights does not alter your focus and attention. Your eyes reflect your compassion upon the suffering and lonely, the homeless, the migrant families, and prisoners. You walk as Jesus walked, welcoming those who suffered, you heal them with hope and kindness. The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia is the peak and final stop of your visit in America. Your teaching in your General Audiences sharpens our understanding of the family as God created it. It restores hope and meaning to family. In early October, you will be meeting with the world’s bishops on the subject of the family – the Synod on the Family. As our Holy Father, your message is that the family will bring the whole world together as one, in unity, peace and love.
So that everyone can have the opportunity to follow Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey and the Synod on Family in October, Salt + Light is now available as a Free Preview on all major Canadian cable network. As “Your Catholic Channel of Hope”, it is our mission to bring you hope. In our media ministry, Our Hope Begins With You.
Wherever you go, Holy Father, you bring with you your message of joy and peace to the world.
Madonna Lee is the Chinese Marketing Manager for Salt + Light, she writes content for the Chinese blog, spearheads Marketing projects for our Chinese department, and assists in Chinese productions. In the photo to left, Madonna at her work station.
Photo, top: Pope Francis, Catholic News Service