In one of his homilies, Pope Francis told an amusing little story about an elderly widow who came to him after a Mass for the sick when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires: “An elderly lady approached me for confession – humble she was, so very humble, more than eighty years old. I looked at her, and said, ‘Grandmother,’ (where I come from, we call the elderly randmother and grandfather), ‘you like to make your confession?’ ‘Yes,’ she said, and I said, ‘but, if you have not sinned’, and she said, ‘we all have sinned.’ I replied: ‘if perhaps God should not forgive you?’ and she replied, ‘The Lord forgives everything’.
I asked, ‘How do you know this for sure?’ and she replied, ‘If the Lord hadn’t forgiven all, then the world wouldn’t still be here’. She had the wisdom that the Holy Spirit gives, interior wisdom regarding the mercy of God”. Pope Francis often speaks about the mercy of God. In the homily that he preached on Divine Mercy Sunday 2013, he began: “what a beautiful truth of faith this is for our lives: the mercy of God! God’s love for us is so great, so deep; it is an unfailing love, one which always takes us by the hand and supports us, lifts us up and leads us on”.
Jim O’Connell mhm, Editor