This past week we heard from Pope Francis he is coming to America to be close to the people! Closeness communicates God's love, care and tenderness.
ABC televised a satellite interview with three locations in the US where the Holy Father is unable to travel directly. Technology enables a proximity and prayer absolute nearness thru an act of faith. Closeness needs to be communicated for
a relationship to move from an ideal to a reality. The Pope is reaching out. It reminds of a story reclaimsunday readers may enjoy.
At an ivy college there was a doctoral student who was to complete
the degree and then marry. The latter a dream come true. For this star mind had been raised in poverty abroad. However each month his family received a small offering in the mail from a Christian agency that matched families in need with
a mentor. After those mailings he recalled a little extra meat for supper, a few more vegetables and the special treat of a farm fresh apple or fruit for dessert. Sitting at this young professional's special day, with his 'mail mentor' aside him
has changed the view of helping someone in need especially a family with limited food resources and changes the benefit of the mail of a simple letter. Delivered to a remote rural area abroad it is often the mode of communication where more costly high
tech solutions are years away. This humble offering by a stateside mentor made it possible for this now Ivy League doctoral graduate to cultivate a dream of healthy meals, education and mostly that a person thousands of miles away cared about him and
his family enough to write a small check and mail it with a simple stamp.
God is also writing us a letter. He too is saying I believe in you, want you to be fed, educated in the faith and bring you to a
life filled with love beyond measure.
Pope Francis will be here in a couple weeks drawing close. Close like the letter writing mentor who saw the poor young boy graduate from the ivy scbool
and marry his bride.
How are you drawing more closely to the ones you love and those who will never be able to repay you? Happy Labor Day weekend!