Hope from our Pope

Last week presented quite the array of news stories here at CNA.

From all-ages access to the morning after pill, to students trying to push the Catholic chaplain off campus for “alienating” students by upholding Catholic teaching on homosexuality, to the City of Miami issuing a notice of violation to the Missionaries of Charity for operating a “business” without a license, it was an interesting week.

However, in the midst of all headlines that sounded like they were borrowed from Eye of the Tiber, there was also this:

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Pope Francis embraces a boy prior to his first ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. Credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images News/Getty Images.

Pure, simple, love.

Anyone who saw the interviews with Dominic’s parents, Christiana and Paul, must have immediately saw the love this family has for God and one another. In our interview, Dominic’s father said that he and his family (and everyone who’s ever met this beautiful boy) have been impacted by him.

“He’s just showed us how to love. He’s like a love machine. It’s just humbling to see how people are moved by him and drawn to him,” Paul said.

When asked what the attention and media frenzy this moment has stirred, Paul simply explained that this was “the moment God chose.”

“He decided this was the moment Dominic was going to touch the whole world. Who would think it – that a little boy with such severe physical limitations would so profoundly move the world?”

Even when the world appears to be growing darker and straying away from the heart of God, remember that our faith is one of hope and joy.

As Pope Francis said on Palm Sunday, “Do not be men and women of sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement!”