I took this picture at Corpus Christi church in Tucson, AZ where we will be conducting a parish mission during Holy Week. I was struck by the idea of Pope Francis welcoming people home. Yesterday, we celebrated the feast of the Chair of St. Peter and were reminded about the role of the Pope in leading and directing the health of the Catholic Church. The welcoming home sign of Pope Francis said so much about him and his love for the church.
I remember as a kid how the church was known as and called the House of God. And people went there to be with God, especially when His presence was in the celebration of Eucharist. It was just so special and peaceful to be in His House. But the sign with Francis said more. It’s not just His House but it can be Home. Reflecting on St. Peter Damian’s thought from Monday’s feast that faith is the foundation of all virtues, I am aware that the proof of faith is what makes a house a home: Love…love of God and neighbor! I appreciate Pope Francis welcoming us “Home.”