He recalled his own clear memories of praying the novena prayers as an altar boy. Today, he reminded us that in the gospel she said: “Do Whatever he tells you!” Today, she continues to echo that message, She tells Vincentians “…become foot washing- disciples”.
I love that phrase “foot-washing disciples!” It certainly gave special meaning to the hymns sung in the context of a year of Welcoming the Stranger. For those who were not there let me suggest reflecting on these words from the songs.
We are the young—our lives are a mystery, we are the old—who yearn for your face.
We have been sung throughout all of history, called to be light to the whole human race.
Give us a heart, so meek and so lowly, give us the courage to enter the song.
Not in the dark of buildings confining; not in some heaven, light years away—
here in this place, the new light is shining; now is the kingdom, now is the day.
Here in this place new light is streaming, now is the darkness vanished away;
see in this space our fears and our dreamings, brought here to you in the light of this day.
Sing a new Church into being, one in faith and love and praise.Draw together at one table, all the human family;Shape a circle ever wider and a people ever free.
We proclaim your greatness, O God, your praise ever in our mouth;ev’ry face brighten^ in your light, for you hear the cry of the poor.
Heav’n and earth resound the hymn!