Every once in a while, we get a reminder of the tremendous potential of our current pontiff, Pope Francis. CCM has been pretty forthright in its criticism of this man, but this video is quite touching and beautiful. It depicts the Pope humbling himself before South Sudanese delegates at a peace conference. He painfully drops to his knees, kisses their feet, while exhorting them to end the bloodshed which has plagued South Sudan for far too many years.
Despite what we may think of this man, let this video serve as a reminder of the power of his office. Pope Francis still has the potential for being one of the truly great popes of these, the last days. Shame on us if we fail to lift him up to our Lord and our Lady in daily prayer, despite how annoyed (furious, even) with each new troubling/outrageous development in this most troubling of pontificates.
Let us all renew our efforts in lifting up this man in earnest prayer before the Throne of Almighty God. Let us pray for God to mold Pope Francis into the man God truly wants him to be! Let us beg God for a transformation of the heart of Jorge Bergoglio, that he may repent of those acts displeasing to God and that he return to the true and authentic teachings of Holy Mother Church, those teachings passed down to us from the Apostles. Let us pray that Pope Francis, along with the cadre of heterodox bishops and priests which surround him, abandon those false doctrines which have so beguiled them. May they all be converted once more by the Holy Spirit, and lead our battered and wounded Church Militant back into the fray, once more fighting together under the banner of Christ the King.
Regardless of what you think of Pope Francis or the merits of his pontificate, he deserves our prayers.
Note: The video used in this post originally appeared on the Rome Reports YouTube channel on 11 April 2019.