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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pope Francis is the reflection of divinity on earth - breaks down institutional barriers to faith

Pope Francis is motivated by people in need and, in so doing he has touched all of us by his extraordinary humanitarian actions. He is building bridges to the people.

God Bless Pope Francis

Indeed, the brilliant charisma pouring forth from Pope Francis during his US visit has consumed the media's attention. 

His message of love and inclusiveness has overcome even the polarizing American political story about the resignation of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner. 

Pope Francis has attracted people to him like a brilliant magnet because he has sent Americans a message about love and inclusion, regardless of a person's circumstances.  

It's impossible to follow Pope Francis, and witness how millions of people are sharing his charisma, without reflecting on the spiritual deity he represents, as God's ambassador to humankind.

Pope Francis has transcended the rules and regulations dictated by organized religions. Beyond summoning the faithful to worship in concrete churches, where liturgies are prepared, rehearsed and repeated thousands of times, Pope Francis asked us to, also, take our faith into the world.  

There's a Buddhist appeal to how Pope Francis extends his love.

In general, Buddha means “Awakened One,” someone who has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and sees things as they really are. A Buddha is a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. –Introduction to Buddhism  

There should be a new English word created to describe how Pope Francis has brought God's light into our ordinary human world. He opened the doors of the strict doctrines embedded in Roman Catholicism to allow light to shine on those trying to live faithful lives. In my opinion, Pope Francis has infused a Buddhist awakening into the doctrines of Roman Catholicism.

In spite of a grueling human schedule during his Thursday through Saturday visits to Washington DC, New York City and Philadelphia, Pope Francis has summoned the energy required to reach out to everyone, regardless of their personal status, in the three cities. He said God is visible in beauty. As a matter of fact, I've observed how Pope Francis, himself, becomes more beautiful as he grows in his role as Pontiff.  He's probably the most beautiful when he asks us to please pray for him. Moreover, if we can't pray for him, he requests us to send good wishes and thoughts his way. Yes, he awakens our Buddhist inner selves and summons us to raise our eyes to heaven.

Pope Francis has certainly awakened the American quest for a spiritual renewal. Although Pope Francis prepares to leave. after experiencing an astoundingly successful US visit, his spirit will remain for many years. He blessed our US White House, our President and his family, our nation's Capitol, our political systems, our St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City and our shrine to the tragedy of Ground Zero. He ended his visit with an energetic tribute to the family in Philadelphia, including a Mass at the City of Love's Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.  His speech about families was a capstone of energy, love, theology and humor.

Although Pope Francis worked within the walls of our institutions during his visits, his magnetism extended beyond the marble, concrete and beautiful stained glass windows of the Cathedrals. 

There's no English word I know today to adequately describe the magnetic appeal of Pope Francis to the millions of Americans who were blessed to be "in the shadow of St. Peter". These throngs of the faithful included people of different religions and political persuasions. They came together, to see Pope Francis, because he is a reflection of divinity on earth.

In my opinion, Pope Francis lives the light of God's love. We must follow the request he asks of us. Let us pray for him, because he has extended a brilliant ray of God's love to us.  

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