Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sr. Rafael Correspondence: On God, People, the Pope

The following words arrived in an email from my friend, Sr. Rafael Tilton. She's a Franciscan nun at Assisi Heights in Rochester, MN. I adore her.

These words follow from my own musings about the Pope's visit to the United States. Perhaps they'll speak to you...?

I don't know what to say about the way some people think about and are hearing the pope. Like with God, everybody is hurt by something somebody does. I say, God tries to get the message across. I try. The pope tries. Everybody tries. God feels bad. I feel bad. Everybody feels bad. Maybe it hurts because we are made in God's image and God is hurting. How can I tell? How can you tell? God tries. Everybody tries. What more can be said? Better luck next time!! That doesn't sound right, either. There is hope! I like that. I try to make it better. God tries. Everybody tries.

Peace and All Good
Sr. Rafael
To echo Rafael:
"Peace and All Good" to you!

(Photos Courtesy of Brian Mogren,
taken at St. Jane's House)


Sr. Katherine Mullin said...

I remember her being here that day for mass and she had wonderful insights. And now this good insight....SK

brian mogren said...

Such generosity of spirit! Yes, we're ALL trying, aren't we...?!

Sr. Suzanne said...

dear melissa,

sr. rafael looks like a beautiful do you meet so many???