“It is not a never falling down, but an always getting up again.”
I’m sure you’ve heard- the Catholic Church has chosen a new pope! Many of us have been busy celebrating and learning about our new Pope Francis for the last week.
The quote at the top of this message is from a talk that he gave about God’s mercy long before he became Pope Francis. As I have been reading about him, this quote has become one of my favorites.
Everybody falls down. We know that. Sometimes those falls are talked about and even reported in the news- especially the falls of important people like celebrities and politicians.
Churchy people fall too. Sometimes it can be particularly embarrassing: we might do a big song and dance number about what we believe and all the good that we’d like to do, then BAM! Down we go on the seat of our pants.
Sometimes you fall, sometimes I fall. Sometimes the leaders of a major organization fall all at once and it really shakes our enthusiasm.
This new guy, Pope Francis, is responsible for getting people back on their feet. One of his titles is “Pontiff”, which comes from root words that mean “bridge” or “bridge builder”. Pope Francis’ job description is to build bridges and bring people together.
But really, we all share this responsibility. Dorothy picked her friends up when they fell, and offered them a chance to start their spiritual adventure again- to set off in search of their hearts’ desire- together!
We are all going to land on the seat of our pants sooner or later. Perhaps today is the day that you get back on your feet again.
Or perhaps today is the day you reach for somebody else, link arms, and help them back onto the road to their spiritual adventure.
For a link to the original speech from Cardinal Bergoglio from which the quote was taken, click here.