By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reminds Me Of . . . .

When I read the remarks of our new Pope, I am reminded of the way St. Josemaría Escrivá spoke in the videos we have of Escrivá speaking. What are the similarities? Simplicity, directness, warmth, yet at the same time there is gravitas. Maybe, this way of speaking derives from the common Spanish-speaking culture in which both men matured. Or, maybe, it is that both men share an impatience with beating around the bush with circumlocutions and "theologicalese."

I recall one video where Josemaría says to a group (my recollected paraphrase--this is the gist): I could give you a pretty little talk with great elegance. But I want to speak as if we are among family.

That's the way Francis speaks: as if he is among family and friends. How appropriate since he is the vicar of the One who calls us friends.

By the way, when you go to the Opus Dei site for Argentina, you see that the people of the Obra are delighted with our new Pope (if you read Spanish, here is the link). The Opus Dei headline in the link is: "The Authenticity of Papa Francisco Has Captivated Us."

(The priest celebrating Mass below is Cardinal Bergoglio on the feast day of St. Josemaría.)