I continue to be amazed at any negative reaction to Pope Francis washing the feet of 12 people at Holy Thursday's Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper. These twelve were Catholics, Muslims, Hindus and Eastern Orthodox.
Pope Francis called them all children of the same God! Can they be children of any other god? Of course not. All of us, no matter our religion or lack thereof are children of God; no ifs, ands, ors about it.
God's grace can work wonders in people who feel as though God has touched them spiritually or physically. In the new evangelization, which Pope Francis is modeling for us, he reaches out to people and raises their dignity especially those whose dignity has been threatened or diminished by the "world", i.e devil.
With this in mind, here is the email I received early this morning, Good Friday:
Just a short note to wish you a Blessed Triduum!
15 years ago this weekend changed my life (and Ethan's) forever! I doubt you remember, but you washed my feet at the Mass of the Lords Supper - it remains the only time in 15 years as a Catholic for me & still moves me deeply when I think of it.
I understand the theology of the 'male only' foot washing, but I am personally glad this Pontiff has allowed women to be involved in this rite as an action of servanthood to all, especially as it was such a powerful & meaningful moment for me all those years ago as I was coming into the Church.
I am enroute to ND to spend Easter with Ethan at the Seminary - a special blessing to be able to celebrate this anniversary together as well as in the beauty of ND's Basilica; especially as he will be away at Novitiate next year.
Perhaps next year I may just have to travel to Macon for #16! :)
Special Prayers for you this Easter Season, Lauren