Pope Francis on Hope; B JH Newman, Whitsun…and Saint Gregory the Great

POPE FRANCIS’ REMARKS at the general audience for Wednesday, May 31st spoke of the power of hope — a topic most appropriate to this Novena of Whitsunday and especially appropriate to our beloved community during these, our early years; particularly now while we hope, pray, and work for the provision of our next Pastor. During the catechesis our Holy Father quoted Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman — from one of his Parochial Sermons, written while yet an Anglican, in fact.

The Pope said “Hope is simultaneously, as St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Hebrews, like an anchor and a sail…If the anchor is what gives the boat safety and keeps it ‘anchored’ between the waves of the sea, the sail, instead, is what makes it proceed and advance on the waters…Hope is really like a sail; it collects the wind of the Holy Spirit and transforms it into a driving force pushing the boat, depending on the case, offshore or to shore.” Pope Francis also wisely warns and admonishes “A Christian can sow bitterness, can sow perplexity, and this is not Christian…whoever does this is not a good Christian. Sow hope: sow the oil of hope, sow the fragrance of hope, and not the vinegar of bitterness and hopelessness.”

Read the article here.

You can read the full text of Pope Francis’ catechesis here.

An Anchor, the early Christian symbol of Hope, and two Fish — symbols of Christians — who have attached themselves to it. From the Catacombs of Domatilla in Rome, 3rd Century.

An Anchor, the early Christian symbol of Hope, and two Fish — symbols of Christians — who have attached themselves to it. From the Catacombs of Domatilla in Rome, 3rd Century.