It was Wednesday and the speeding train was taking me to meet my sister in
As we exited the train for the DC Metro, the Metro track area was desolate. After finding a train to take me to
That night, neither my sister nor I could sleep. Even my sister’s cats sensed that something was up. They spent the night walking over not just everything in the house, but everyone—including me.
The next morning, we headed for the Bethesda Metro station and joined a crowd that was by the minute multiplying in number and jubilation. In sharp contrast to the train rides of the day before, now everyone was smiling. I found myself swept along by a growing sea of folks who were bursting with a contagious joy. Once on the train, we stood, packed like sardines, holding the safety handles above our heads. The train grew more and more crowded with each successive stop. And with each successive stop, the happy chatter, the laugher and the smiles grew too.
We were on a journey with people who knew who they were and where they were going. We were uniquely united: young and old, couples and singles, small children and young adults. To look from the outside at the joviality of it all, one might have thought we were long lost relatives heading for our family’s annual reunion. In truth, we were indeed brothers and sisters because we all had the same Holy Father. Our Lord had united us through Peter’s successor.
The Holy Father is our source of unity in the Church. “The Pope, Bishop of
Because our Holy Father is our source of unity in the Church, if we want unity in the Church then we need first to unite with him. When we go off into the sunset away from the teachings of the Church, and toward our own novel ideas, we separate ourselves from that unity. We may believe we are heading off in the name of some noble or lofty goal. We may even believe one can act lovingly toward God and others while simultaneously defying the teachings of our Holy Father and our Church. But one cannot.
The Holy Father is a responsible Father, just as our
It was easy to cheer for the Holy Father while he was here. Now we will be tested. Can we stand behind him when he is off in
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