The next pope - a load of rubbish
Tom Pavey died in Brisbane,
Australia, on July 31, 1997.
At his funeral the priest spoke about how Tom used to help at the church
and visit an old peoples' home.
The priest also said how Tom would pick up rubbish as he walked along the street.
As he put the rubbish in a bin, he would pray prayers like
- Dear Jesus, please bless our country
- Dear Jesus, please heal the sick
- Dear Jesus, please give peace to the world
Tom's act of humility in picking up rubbish was a prayer for others
For the past year or so I've
been trying to imitate Tom.
Each morning as I go for my morning walk,
I pick up a few bits of rubbish and put them in a bin
As I make my deposit I pray
just one prayer:
Dear Jesus, please let the next pope be a Vatican II pope
By that I mean a shepherd with
a great love for the poor
and a great desire for a loving encounter with our troubled world.
Someone who will stop the present trend of "winding back the clock", "circling the wagons"
A "Joshua"pope (as in the books by Joseph Girzone)
If you think this idea is a load of rubbish - you're right!
Please join me in this prayer campaign for the next pope
Fr John Wotherspoon O.M.I.
November 30, 2010