Prayer for a Pope Who is “Both …”
...both Francis of Assisi and Francis Xavier:
both reformer and missionary,
both visionary and evangelizer...
...both Peter and Paul:
both in the heart of the Church
and in the court of those yet to hear and believe...
...both urbi et orbi:
both to the See of Rome and to all the world,
to both hemispheres - north and south...
... both Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes:
the Vicar of Christ, Who is both
"the light of all nations"
Who shares in both "our joys and our hopes",
"our griefs and our anxieties"...
... both in continuity and in reform:
both "father and teacher", just as the Church is
both Mater et Magistra -
from both Scripture and Tradition
- the one font of Truth -
to live both great commands:
love of God and love of neighbor.
... both priest and prophet,
both servant and leader,
at both altar and table, both Priest and Victim,
both Source and Summit -
offering sacrifice and sacrament
for both men and women, both young and old,
with both saints and sinners
worshiping in both Spirit and Truth;
calling for conversion of both heart and mind,
to cleanse the cup both inside and out,
both poor in spirit and rich in mercy,
like the wise man of the Gospel
who brings forth from the storeroom
graces from the One
both ever ancient and ever new...
... with keys for both the kingdom here
and the kingdom to come,
both still and still moving,
in both word and deed,
in both speaking and listening ...
... for both health and long life...
... for both courage in Jesus
(whose Company he keeps)
and consolation from the Mother
also "Miserando atque eligendo" --
both "lowly but chosen"...
... both in the burden of the Cross now carried
and in the hope of the Resurrection to be shared;
... blessings both now and forever. Amen.