Practicing the art of forgiveness

The visit and words of Pope Francis have made a big impression on me. He is about to touch down in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. That is an extended version of our town’s nickname, a version you can hear shouted repeatedly at the World Meeting of Families.

By just about any measure, the World Meeting has so far been a huge success, its sessions well and enthusiastically attended, its anticipation of the arrival of its shepherd palpable at every turn. At this point, I find myself asking what I might do to promote the message of Francis, captured in Thursday’s historic speech to Congress.

“Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples,” he told lawmakers. “We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of fraternity and solidarity, cooperating generously for the common good.”

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By: Orlando R. Barone  Friday, September 25, 2015