Saturday, January 8, 2011
The Good Pope
A couple of weeks ago, fired up by a dream I'd had of Blessed Pope John XXIII, I looked for and found a book about him in my parish's neglected library, which is a sort of dumping ground for unwanted, out-of-print works on theology and biographies of forgotten priests. I took it home, and it's now somewhere in the middle of a pile of books I have to start on as soon as possible. In the meantime, though, a reader sent me this wonderful video of Pope John visiting a Roman prison on Saint Stephen's Day, 1958. It is powerfully moving to witness his profound humility, humanity, and joy as he tells the prisoners (who sing "Adeste, fideles" as he enters) with disarming simplicity: "I put my heart close to your hearts." Many thanks, Irenic Cannon.