“Rebuild my Church” was the program given to Francis from our Lord. It was through this message that amidst the turmoil of his time, Francis held strong to the faith in order to renew the Church. Amidst all that we face today, we continue the work of the Lord, knowing that it is Christ who rebuilds. Without him, we build in vain (cf. Psalm 127.1, NAB). This work of rebuilding is the yoke of the Lord that leads us to holiness. This was the exhortation of our new shepherd in our local Church of San Francisco as we received him yesterday at the Mother Church of the Assumption.
It was as if it was all staged in the sacristy. The brass quartet had begun the prelude which could be heard from the vesting room of the new Archbishop. The room fell silent with the retired cardinals, seminarians from every corner of culture, and the cathedral’s lay servers as the newly appointed Archbishop vested with his back to us, praying before this icon of our Lady of the Assumption. Upon being completely being vested, the brass quartet reached its cadence and the Archbishop gave his nod to say hello to all of us as we were all in prayer for the beginning of the liturgy.
Earlier in the day, I took a priest and two Franciscan Sisters to our little extension of Assisi in the Archdiocese. We came across a tour the rector was giving to students! Happy Feast Day to all who bear the spirituality and love of Saint Francis. May he help us grow in holiness by taking up the yoke of the Lord.