A Mother with an Open Heart

A Mother with an Open Heart

“A Church which “goes forth” is a Church whose doors are open. Going out to others in order to reach the fringes of humanity does not mean rushing out aimlessly into the world. Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way.” – Pope Francis

Pope Francis imagines the Church like the father of the Prodigal Son. The Father was ready to receive back his son the moment he returned. In order to do so, he had to always keep his door open so that when he was ready, the son could pass through. In order for the Church to always have an attitude of openness we must cultivate patience with other people, to take the time to really listen to them. We want to be the person people say, “When she is speaking to you, it is like you are the only person in the room!” Mother Theresa was a great example of this. A story is told of Blessed Mother Teresa who was on her way to an important meeting with Pope John Paul II in Rome. From her car, Mother Teresa saw a dying man on the side of the road. She immediately asked for the car to be stopped and she got out and began to attend to the dying man. After over an hour of tending to this man, her companion began to be worried that she would miss her important appointment with the Pope. ‘You go and take my place,” she tells her companion, “I am with Jesus. Tell the Pope that I am sorry, but I’m here with Christ.”

 

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