The Pope and the Girls in Rome

Troubled girls at a detention center for juvenile delinquents. In a world where men and women need healing and boys and girls and young men and women need to know there is hope for their lives and a reason for them to go on and seek any good.

And so the bishop of Rome, as he likes to refer to himself, washes their feet.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker blogs, wisely:

by taking a radical step and washing the feet of poor young prisoners–women as well as men–he not only reminds us of the radical nature of the symbol, but also the unexpected and sometimes upsetting example of the Lord himself–who upset some traditions in order to make a point. Did he break the rubrics? At the end of the day the rubrics are there to serve the gospel–not the gospel to serve the rubrics.

Everybody ought to get ready to be surprised by this pope now and again. He’s going to challenge us. Pray it is always in service of the Gospel. By all indications, that’s his prayer.

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  • Yae

    Yep, that’s his prayer and Papa Francis did ask us to pray for him and he always does. I sense he knows how much he is upsetting folks just by trying to serve Christ as he senses he is being lead but unlike others, I will not presume to know nor do I understand it all. I will pray and remain hopeful and grateful because I know and believe this pope just may bring many more to Christ in areas where our other beloved popes could not venture nor relate to. I am Mexican and have lived close to the barrio all of my life (Los Angeles, California) and folks here love him, more are attending Mass and many more are returning to the sacraments. My hope is that this is something life long and not a fad.
    I thank you for the link you provided with regards to the young men from the L.A. County Jail. I have had brothers arrested who spent time there and to know the fruits of Papa Francis is taking hold is a very beautiful thing to witness.
    Praise be to God!