It was my son, who said how wonderful it was that the Pope had made himself so visible in today’s world and how he influences the cause for the Poor and Needy. So, when the TV announced that the Pope was going to address the American Congress I decided to sit on my couch to watch and listen to what the world’s most prominent leader had to say to America, the greatest nation on earth.
I was quite composed until I heard the slow gentleness of the Pope’s voice greet, and meet America, with the strong resonance to patriotism – for Americans love America ! There was a move in the spirit of the hearts who listened, as they all became very quiet, attentive and began listening to his every word. And then I noticed the struggle
the man with the green tie was having to surpress his swelling tears, as he recognised the momentous moment in America’s history. The Speaker of the House, John Boehner appreciated the moment, the man, and the day America listened !
It was then that tears began to flow down my cheeks as I saw a man touched by the Spirit of a holy man. And if it were that I were not alone, I would have howled, for it was those tears that gave me the surging hope…. that man, as he listens to what is good, and gentle, and righteous, and moral, is touched and moved to tears, even suppressed tears, declares that hope for Man is alive, and that God was watching, and listening too !
Surely such an address must have been written from the heart of the Pope, for it captured so ingeniously what he stood for, what he hoped for, what he subtly chastised for, without actually stating out loud the errors and contentious issues that the new modern society claim as their rights. How subtly he addressed America on so many different levels, but never accusing or demeaning. A lesson for politicians clamouring for power, to learn and to practice.
I for one, would love to be able to write with such subtilty and innuendoes, skirting yet penetrating the social issues of our times. To my mind it was a brilliant piece of writing, so graciously delivered to listening hearts. It is only Love that can do that !
Even as a listening World, we should embrace much from his address to America for all the issues are global issues. The Pope practises what he preaches, and his most endearing quality, to my mind is his refreshing humility, and his mindfulness of the preciousness of Life, and of the Poor. This Pope may well leave the legacy of bringing man back to our humanity. For in the race for fame prosperity and power we, on this side of the history scale, have for all intents and purposes, lost or misplaced our humanity. All life matters, even that of the Earth, and we all need to respect the dignity of life; and each other. A little humility will go a long way.
It was indeed a moment in our time, that may make for a better world, if we would just listen… and hear…. and do.
God bless America as she listens !