On another west side street, a little further downtown at St Francis Xavier this Sunday, the message is so focused on welcome, love, and doing what Jesus would do, there’s not too much time left to sin. But sin we do! This morning’s over-arching message of inclusiveness extends a welcome to all – every man, every woman, every child, every preference, every life choice. Amen!
Uptown or downtown for you?
I recall coming here years ago with a non church-going Australian friend (of fifty years next month!) from my hometown, Brisbane. John still talks about the experience of that Mass as a wonderful ‘Andrew Lloyd Weber’ entertainment. The music was on that Sunday so good.
After this Sunday, (with a young Jesuit, a Director of campus ministry at a university in New Jersey by day and well-practiced at whipping up a crowd), and all the singing, arms waving and ‘Amens’, John would have gone home (to Hong Kong now) talking about his ‘Southern Baptist revivalist’ experience.
So not Roman Catholic that we’re accustomed to, but so inclusive and infectious nonetheless, where even the mature men raise their arms in ‘Amens’, and join in singing with gusto.
‘Go Father Rocco!’
And ‘go Francisco’, your ultimate boss, over there in Rome.
POPE FRANCIS (addressing Vatican Bank employees) “We, the women and men of the Church are in the middle of a love story. Every one of us, is a ring in this love chain. If we don't understand this, we haven't yet understood what the Church is about.”
Date: 2013-04-24 18:18:40
April 24, 2013. (Romereports.com) To trigger change in the Roman Curia, the Pope is first trying to change the culture in the workplace. Today the Pope celebrated morning Mass with members of the Vatican Bank. The Pope said the Church is a love story and not a bureaucratic organization. He added that departments of the Church are necessary if they strengthen that love story.
“We, the women and men of the Church are in the middle of a love story. Every one of us, is a ring in this love chain. If we don’t understand this, we haven’t yet understood what the Church is about.”
The Pope also said that the ‘organizational aspects’ of the Church should never be first in line. At that point, he said, the Church runs the risk of collapsing and becoming an NGO.
This is actually the second time the Pope has publicly talked about this issue. The other was back in March, when he celebrated his first Mass as Pope in the Sistine Chapel with all the cardinals who elected him.