Pope Francis Goes to Washington… or still A House of Cards?

Len Delony1

Last night, my wife Beka and I watched a few episodes of Netflix series “House of Cards.” It is creative, complex, moves at lightening speed and has brilliant acting… and its level of cynicism made me feel a bit sick to my stomach…

This morning I watched Pope Francis give his address to the Congress in Washington. It was simple, slow, and at times difficult to understand… and it left me with a deep and fresh sense of hope in this difficult time… and for the future of our world…

The “House of Cards” is a political drama begun in 2013 and has already won many awards (even 2 more Emmys this week.)

The address by Pope Francis, though delivered just today, reminds me a bit of the classic movie with Jimmy Stewart, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” but more importantly, has deep roots in our story that goes back 2000+ years.

I highly recommend that you listen to the callings within and the buzz around town regarding Pope Francis’s visit throughout the Americas this week. It could have lasting effect, and we as a people called Methodists could play an important part in keeping the dialogue going…

In his address, he lifted four representatives of the American people whose dreams have helped shape our country and the world. He said:

“Three sons and a daughter of this land, four individuals and four dreams: Lincoln, liberty; Martin Luther King, liberty in plurality and non-exclusion; Dorothy Day, social justice and the rights of persons; and Thomas Merton, the capacity for dialogue and openness to God.”

Most of us are familiar with the crucial leaders Jefferson and King. But Day and Merton most Methodist know little about.

I recently wrote a blog about founder of the Methodist movement John Wesley and Contemplative Benedictine Thomas Merton and invite you to refer back to that.

I will look further into the inspiration of Dorothy Day

but for now want to add another quote by Pope Francis when he spoke of Thomas Merton today:

“I came into the world. Free by nature, in the image of God, I was nevertheless the prisoner of my own violence and my own selfishness, in the image of the world into which I was born. That world was the picture of Hell, full of men like myself, loving God, and yet hating him; born to love him, living instead in fear of hopeless self-contradictory hungers”. Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions.

Click here to view the entire address that just came available. This is all I can write now as I’m 3 minutes to my new deadline.

Blessings on the faith journey,

Len

The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time uses for us. — Pope Francis

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