Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pope Francis speaks to prisoners and to all of us

I continue to be very moved by Pope Francis.  I saw his speech to the prisoners in a Philadelphia prison today.  It was such a fundamentally spiritual message.  He spoke of the message conveyed when Christ washed the feet of the Apostles during the Last Supper.  The message Francis conveyed is that we all get our "feet dirty" as we travel the paths of our lives.  And Christ, the Divine, the Transcendent Eternal Love of God Goddess All That Is, can wash us clean of the "dust" of the past.  Forgiveness.  Renewal.  Hope.  

What a beautiful message to bring to prisoners.  What an important message to bring to me, and to all of us.  Francis is clear that The Divine's cleansing is as needed for him as it is for those he spoke to.  And indeed, isn't forgiveness the key to our own true spirituality?  Allowing God's forgiveness? Forgiving ourselves?  Forgiving others? Not forgetting, of course, but forgiving, changing, starting anew, finding again our True Path, finding again our spiritual connection with the Divine and thus finding again our spiritual path connecting us to all of God's creations, including our world, each other, and ourselves?

Francis has the platform of being the Pope to bring his message to the world.  I stopped being a Catholic decades ago, and I have many issues with Catholic doctrine.  But this Pope's message isn't doctrinaire, it's a message of loving, caring, forgiving, redeeming.  It's a spiritual message not a religious message.  Or so it seems to me.  God bless him and his journey.  I am moved by who he is and his chosen mission.