Pope Francis I

Pope Francis I

Pope Francis I

POPE FRANCIS?  Wow!

A friend who knows how much affection I have for all things Franciscan sent me a text message when our new leader’s name was announced.  It affected me so instantly and deeply.   

NBC News shortly thereafter followed by saying, “Cardinal Dolan confirms Francis named himself after St. Francis of Assisi.  He says the Pope specifically explained that to the Cardinals.”

The joyful message, still ringing in my heart:

The voice of God that spoke to St. Francis of Assisi now echoes forth from the conclave, “Francis, rebuild my Church.” 

And now, we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name!  Amen.