Prayer for the Popaclypse...
Most of us know that DC, New York, and Philadelphia are likely to evolve into overpopulated bedlam this week for the Pope’s historic visit to the US and to Cuba. Many of us will be staying far, far away from these cities. Some of us are heading right into the mouths of the hydrae.
Many of us Catholics will be staying home, enjoying the festivities from afar via our favorite social media channels. Many will post up in front of their televisions on couches, dressed in pajamas or sweatpants, like some eager Summer Olympics watchers. Some of us are likely staying up-to-date every minute of every hour on who is saying what about the Pope when. Some of us do this for a living, after all.
Some Catholics may even be calling out of work (now that is un-American!). Many will be making the tangible trip to one of these three blessed East Coast cities. We will be braving strained transportation networks, overdone security precautions, and likely, some fear and loathing. Many will be pilgrims. Many adventurers. Some public. Some press. Some security detail. Some clean-up crew. Many vacationers. Many workers. There will likely be some mess. And, some stress.
I encourage us all to say (at least one) prayer. Both for the some and for the many. If you have many friends or family who reside in these regions, please pray for them and their patience. If you know some making the trek for business or for pleasure, please pray for their conscientiousness and courtesy. If you know many Catholics, pray for their joy and continued positive attitudes. If you know some social media gurus, pray they keep the conversation civil and encouraging for all.
Let us pray for the District of Columbia and for the recent canonization of the Franciscan Saint Junipero. Let us pray for our nation’s leaders, and their missed lunches. Let us pray for New York City. Let us pray for raised awareness of changes facing our climate and the world’s diverse peoples. Let us pray for the world’s leaders. Let us pray for Philadelphia and for the world’s families, especially those in America. Let us pray for the world’s poor, and for those poor in spirit on social media. Let us pray for our leaders in our myriad communities.
Peace and Good on the road to Philadelphia.
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