21 May 2018

Chaplain's Report - Lent

A week ago the Roman Catholic Church acknowledge the passing of one year since the appointment of Pope Francis.

Both the result of the election, the first Jesuit Pope, and the totally revolutionary approach to the task has marked him as a unique man for our time.

Right from the beginning his attire, and approach have been down to earth, a part of the people. He wears his regular footwear not the papal slippers. He travelled back to the guesthouse with the Cardinals in a bus. His first Holy Thursday was celebrated at the Juvenile Gaol where he washed the feet of young men and women, Muslim and Christian.

He takes on the mantle of his namesake, St Francis of Assisi, always to preach the gospel but only sometimes in words. He speaks of compassion more through gestures than words. In John's 1st letter we are told 'our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.'

Lent is a time to reflect on how we should live so that we too might change the world.

Chas Lewis