What’s in a Name?

For Pope Francis I, a lot, choosing a saint that embodies love of the poor.

Love for him overflows from the Church, especially upon hearing him speak, seeing him smile. At the press conference held in the video above, even non-believers would not be able to help admiring him, having a soft heart for him.

Not many know about this, but I was able to get hold of an email sent to a member of the Opus Dei, which was translated into English as follows:  “During the canonization of St. Josemaria, Cardinal Bergoglio called the Prelate, Msgr. Javier Echevarria, to give him thanks for all the apostolic work the Opus Dei was doing in Argentina:  social works, a university, bishops from the Work, other members, Cooperators…”

“Before the Conclave, Cardinal Bergoglio visited the Prelate church of Opus Dei in Rome, and was praying before the mortal rests of St Josemaria for space of 45 minutes.  After that he said to his secretary,  ‘Let’s go, the Conclave is on good hands.’
St. Josemaria apparently interceeded for him to be God’s candidate. Such a blessing!
No wonder for a fleeting moment, when Pope Francis first stepped out into the balcony of the Vatican, my first impression was that he looked like St. Josemaria. He doesn’t, of course, but I had to blink and look again at the live streaming video to acknowledge this.

Let us all continue to pray daily for him. Here is a common Catholic Prayer for the Pope we can use:

V. Let us pray for Pope Francis I.
R. May the Lord preserve him, give him a long life, make him blessed upon the earth, and may the Lord not hand him over to the power of his enemies.V. May your hand be upon your holy servant.
R. And upon your son whom you have anointed.

Let us pray. O God, the Pastor and Ruler of all the faithful, look down, in your mercy, upon your servant, Pope Francis I, whom you have appointed to preside over your Church; and grant, we beseech you, that both by word and example, he may edify all those under his charge; so that, with the flock entrusted to him, he may arrive at length unto life everlasting. Through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

Recite one Our Father and one Hail Mary.


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