Message from Fr. Mike

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

On Wednesday, October 2, the fifth graders, Pope Francis, and I shared the pulpit. Our topic was about our Guardian Angels. The fifth graders shared with us a homily from Pope Francis. Prior to the sharing of the pulpit, I asked the students two questions: The first question was, what is the function of our Guardian Angel? The second question was, “Who is Pope Francis?” While they did well in answering the first question, their answers to the second question were very revealing. Here is the full text of our homily.

ADVICE FROM POPE FRANCIS ON THIS FEAST

Priest: Today, Pope Francis will be talking to us about our Guardian Angels.

COMMENTATOR:  In his 2014 homily for the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, October 2, Pope Francis told us…

STUDENT #1:  …To be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion.”

COMMENTATOR: Again he said,

STUDENT #2: “No one journeys alone, and no one should think that they are alone.”

COMMENTATOR: The Pope noted that oftentimes…

STUDENT #3: …We have the feeling that, “I should do this, this is not right, be careful.”

STUDENT #4: “This,” Pope Francis said, “is the voice of our Guardian Angel.”

STUDENT#5: So, “We all have an angel with us, who guards us…”

COMMENTATOR: The Pope says to each and every one of us, “Do not rebel, and follow the advice of your Guardian Angel!”

STUDENT #6: God said: “I send an angel before you, to guard you, to accompany you on the way, so you will not make a mistake and arrive at your paradise.”

COMMENTATOR: Pope Francis asks us few questions:

STUDENT #7:  “How is my relationship with my Guardian Angel?

STUDENT #8: “Do I listen to him?”

STUDENT #9: “Do I bid him good day in the morning?”

STUDENT #10: “Do I tell him: Guard me while I sleep?”

STUDENT #11: “Do I speak with him?”

STUDENT#12: “Do I ask his advice? “

For full text of Pope’s homily please either go to (L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n. 41, 10 October 2014) or (Vatican/Pope Francis/daily meditation/2014) or (w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/cotidie/2014.index.2.html)

Thanks.

Fr. Mike