Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pope Francis' Resonance

Pope Francis’s Resonance

I recently read a thought provoking comment by Father Richard Rohr, OFM. He said, “Humans are like two-way mirrors, both receiving and reflecting. Humans are like tuning forks that pick up a tone and hand it on as resonance.”

Some of us may have had the experience of picking up a jovial tone when we entered a room filled with friendly companions. We almost immediately found ourselves adding our humorous stories to the flow of conversation. Might this phenomenon of spontaneous resonance be possible within the Roman Catholic Church in our current era?

The unique behavioral tone of the newly elected Pope Francis has already been experienced as he began to live into his role as supreme leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The authenticity of his solidarity with the poor, the marginalized, and the environment has been clearly noted by the media. It also has apparently resonated with millions at all levels of the church.

What hope if  this tone could provide for each of us a way to move forward and respond to the challenges we face! If we, the human tuning forks within the structure of the Roman Catholic Church, respond to the current tone of Francis, we also may be given a new vibrational frequency for resonating with others, and all of creation, with simplicity, humble authenticity and inclusive solidarity.

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