There’s been a lot in the news these past few days about the Holy Father’s interview with the Jesuit-run magazine La Civilta Cattolica which has been translated and publish through another Jesuit source, America magazine. Anyone who knows me knows I hate “the scoop,” the latest news about anything. But because we live in such a face-paced and technological world, we find that news and opinion flies faster that reason and truth. So before anyone forms a definite opinion on what the Holy Father has recently said, it’d be a good exercise to read it/ pray over it for ourselves. Our Holy Father has released a good number of statements and homilies that are profound, stirring, and provoking. They come from what seems to me to be a very cunning, even shrewd mind. I love it. I love it too much to let someone else tell me what he’s said. I’ve got to go to the source first.
Last night, our rector, Fr. Peter Vaccari strongly encouraged all the seminarians to read and pray over the recently released interview. In doing so, he said, we should let go of our own categories, presuppositions, and even the interpretations we’ve received before reading the text. So here’s what you local newspaper and most website won’t give you directly: the Pope’s interview. I invite you to read it and pray over it as well, in order to know more about who exactly our new Holy Father is. The interview is about his total person, though most media sources have focused on a few lines of text. As good Catholics, let’s take in the whole picture and not pieces. Later, I’ll post my two cents on the recent media stir and interpretation. But I suggest you only read that ( if you have to) after you’ve taken in the Pope’s own words thoroughly. In the mean time, let us pray for each other, for vocations, and for the Supreme Pontiff Francesco!
1 Peter 3:15-16
- “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear,so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.”