Fr. Scanlon said something in a Skype interview about the Holy Father, demonstrating by his example how simple a priest, a bishop should be - how to live. Think of it - he lives in a geusthouse - a pilgrim, a stranger. Fr. Scanlon is a holy Capuchin. A confessor. I was so pleased to hear him say that.
When people like Pope Francis, or Fr. Scanlon, or especially like the young priests known as the Companions of Christ in my Archdiocese speak, and make you want to be a better man ... when they inflame your heart with compunction and love - that is grace. That is how the so-called 'new' evangelization works. It has always worked that way. Authentic followers of Christ.
It's not about private revelations and messages and apparitions and scary stories - we have those - but we have a greater than those - our priests. When was the last time we had a simple priest for a pope? An ordinary man? Who did Jesus call? Scholars? Saints? No. Ordinary men. Peter was a fisherman who said to Our Lord - 'leave me Lord, for I am a sinful man!'
I'm offline a bit, chauffeuring a friend to surgery and post-operative care, etc..
I spend a lot of time in the waiting room, like Puddy.
The prayer of recollection.