We hope that Pope’s visit will leave a strong legacy of faith

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has worked to foster harmony by speaking in a simple and convincing way, touching the hearts of people.

He has persistently implored us to see and regard each other not as enemies but as brothers and sisters to be accepted and embraced.

The pontiff has been giving emphasis on humility, love, prayer and care for the environment, our common home, and has repudiated consumerist lifestyles.

The world is thirsty for leaders who are straightforward and ready to serve with humility, imitating our Lord Jesus Christ.

What Pope Francis has done spearheads the fundamental role that churches should play in society.

Among the services that he has embraced are nourishing the strong and famished by the word of God and celebrating of the holy Eucharist.

The pontiff once said, “a good shepherd must smell the sheep”.

This means that we are not supposed to delegate shepherding or avoid contact with sheep but should know and fulfil their needs.

We should heed one of the Holy Father’s calls by visiting the aged, sick, the poor, the disabled and the marginalised to comfort, encourage and give them hope.

Our responsibility as Christians goes beyond our own family circle.

Our prayer is that Pope Francis’ coming will leave a legacy of strong faith among those who participate in church life, that it becomes an occasion for the desired increase of vocations to priesthood and consecrated life.

We hope that it will inspire those who have abandoned churches and give them the grace of conversion and return to the practice of faith.

Our other desires are that the visit will contribute to renewed openness to the tenets of various creeds and the message of the Gospel by non-believers and will be an invitation to all to draw closer to God and neighbours.

Our role is to be spiritually disposed for this enriching visit with prayer and fasting..

Fr James Gatiti, Embu.

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has worked to foster harmony by speaking in a simple and convincing way, touching the hearts of people.

He has persistently implored us to see and regard each other not as enemies but as brothers and sisters to be accepted and embraced.

The pontiff has been giving emphasis on humility, love, prayer and care for the environment, our common home, and has repudiated consumerist lifestyles.

The world is thirsty for leaders who are straightforward and ready to serve with humility, imitating our Lord Jesus Christ.

What Pope Francis has done spearheads the fundamental role that churches should play in society.

Among the services that he has embraced are nourishing the strong and famished by the word of God and celebrating of the holy Eucharist.

The pontiff once said, “a good shepherd must smell the sheep”.

This means that we are not supposed to delegate shepherding or avoid contact with sheep but should know and fulfil their needs.

HEED POPE’S CALLS

We should heed one of the Holy Father’s calls by visiting the aged, sick, the poor, the disabled and the marginalised to comfort, encourage and give them hope.

Our responsibility as Christians goes beyond our own family circle.

Our prayer is that Pope Francis’ coming will leave a legacy of strong faith among those who participate in church life, that it becomes an occasion for the desired increase of vocations to priesthood and consecrated life.

We hope that it will inspire those who have abandoned churches and give them the grace of conversion and return to the practice of faith.

Our other desires are that the visit will contribute to renewed openness to the tenets of various creeds and the message of the Gospel by non-believers and will be an invitation to all to draw closer to God and neighbours.

Our role is to be spiritually disposed for this enriching visit with prayer and fasting..

SOURCE: DAILY NATION