Pope Francis Kisses the Feet of Prisoners

Prisoners Feet kissed by Pope Francis

Last year, Pope Francis broke with tradition to hold a major Easter Week service at Casal del Marmo young offenders’ prison in Rome, telling fifty inmates: “I’m happy to be with you. Don’t give up hope.”  The Pope then washed and kissed the feet of twelve young prisoners; some were Gypsies or North African migrants, and were not necessarily Catholic.

Vatican Radio carried the Mass live.  Pope Francis told the detainees that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion in a gesture of love and service

“This is a symbol, it is a sign – washing your feet means I am at your service,” Francis told the youngsters. “Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches us. This is what I do. And I do it with my heart. I do this with my heart because it is my duty, as a priest and bishop I must be at your service.”

Later, the Vatican released a limited video of the ritual, showing Francis washing black feet, white feet, male feet, female feet and even a foot with tattoos.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2300490/Pope-Francis-kisses-washes-feet-young-offenders-Rome-prison.html

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Walking Down the Aisle

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CONGRATULATIONS TRISTAN AND REBEKAH

To Honour Your Wedding May 17, 2014…

 

“The flowers in my hand tremble as I walk down the aisle.

Through watery eyes I’m seeing you smile.

Lifting me up – presenting me clean

Reflecting God’s love and His covenant to thee.

Bring Him honor and glory with our most sacred vow –

Love each other as only God will allow.

Sweet things of these – a reflection of love

‘Tween husband and wife – a gift from above.

By the grace of our shepherd sweet peace do we find

And the glory and honor of our Father, most high.

I’m seeing His promise in your eyes, so sweet

That though we may stumble, if in Him do we seek –

Our path will be true, our hearts will be sure

And our love will reflect our Father, so pure.”

 

Covenant to Thee’, written by Jody Gomez

http://www.myujamaa.org/jody1.html

Photo Source

http://www.pinterest.com/artambassadors/painted-shoes/

 

“Shoes” Lyrics Sung by Patsy Cline

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Everything you told me I believed

You said that I was all that you’d ever need

That I made life worth livin’ for you

And no one else could ever fill my shoes

 

But them shoes don’t fit me anymore

They lost their shape when I lost all that I cared for

And someone else will fill the shoes that I once wore

‘Cause them shoes don’t fit me anymore

 

When a shoe is new, it fits awful tight

When our love was new, everything was right

When a shoe is old, you throw it away

Our love is like the shoes that you wore yesterday

 

But them shoes don’t fit me anymore

They lost their shape when I lost all that I cared for

And someone else will fill the shoes that I once wore

‘Cause them shoes don’t fit me anymore

 

Songwriters: Hank Cochran and Velma Smith

(As recorded by Patsy Cline, 11/16/60)

http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Shoes-lyrics-Patsy-Cline/B230530FD7F1D6074825693B0031E933

 

Read more: Patsy Cline – Shoes Lyrics | MetroLyrics

http://www.metrolyrics.com/shoes-lyrics-patsy-cline.html

 

photo source:

https://www.google.ca/search?q=love+is+like+old+shoes+images&espv=2&es_sm=93&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=2EM8U4_HKum2yAHMqICQCA&ved=0CCgQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=600

 

Our God, Our Dance Partner

First, let this description help you imagine that God dances:

“The theologians in the early church tried to describe this wonderful reality that we call Trinity. If any of you have ever been to a Greek wedding, you may have seen their distinctive way of dancing . . . It’s called perichoresis.

There are not two dancers, but at least three. They start to go in circles, weaving in and out in this very beautiful pattern of motion. They start to go faster and faster and faster, all the while staying in perfect rhythm and in sync with each other.

Eventually, they are dancing so quickly (yet so effortlessly) that as you look at them, it just becomes a blur. Their individual identities are part of a larger dance.

The early church fathers and mothers looked at that dance (perichoresis) and said, “That’s what the Trinity is like.” It’s a harmonious set of relationship in which there is mutual giving and receiving. This relationship is called love, and it’s what the Trinity is all about.

The perichoresis is the dance of love.”      (by Jonathan Marlowe)

http://musicanddancing.wordpress.com/perichoresis/

 

 Then, consider that God wants you to join in the dance:

“From all eternity, God is not alone and solitary, but lives as Father, Son and Spirit in a rich and glorious and abounding fellowship of utter oneness. There is no emptiness in this circle, no depression or fear or insecurity. 

The Trinitarian life is a great dance of unchained communion and intimacy, fired by passionate, self-giving and other-centered love, and mutual delight.  This life is good.  It is right, unique, full of music and joy, blessedness and peace.

Such love, giving rise to such togetherness and fellowship and oneness, is the womb of the universe and of humanity within it. The stunning truth is that this Triune God, in amazing and lavish love, determined to open the circle and share the Trinitarian life with others.”    (by C. Baxter Kruger)

 http://baxterkruger.blogspot.ca/2012/09/summary-of-trinitarian-vision.html

 

Feet starting to tap? 

       There is more, much more to understand and to ask for.

               And, God’s dance card has your name on it….

 Check out:

              C. Baxter Kruger, author –

                     “The Parable of the Dancing God”

                      “The Great Dance”

 Get ready for heavenly choreography!