- Archbishop Leonard P. Blair
I want to make this last recording about the papal visit. Having arrived home this morning, I am at work. We just finished a priests’ council meeting in which I shared with our priests some of the events from last week from my perspective. Last night, of course, in Philadelphia, we concluded with a beautiful Mass, and again today in the airport in Philadelphia, how many people would come up to me when they saw my collar and tell me what a wonderful experience it was. The people in Philadelphia did a great job in hosting the Holy Father and all of us.
So now I think the important thing is to be up to the challenges that he’s raised for us: That as a Catholic people, we really renew ourselves as missionary disciples of the Lord; that we get out there and practice the spiritual works of mercy, acts of charity. That we reach out to the many people who are looking for something in life, looking for a way forward in their life. We, of course, believe that comes from faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, from participation in the life of the church, worship, the sacraments, and above all, prayer. The Holy Father concluded by asking for all of our prayers for him, and as we think of the great responsibility that he has, not only as it relates to our country but to the whole world and over a billion Catholics, we know how much we do need to pray for him. And so I encourage everyone to do so. And I also want to thank all those who had a hand in organizing our pilgrims from the Archdiocese. They did a lot of fine work for which we are all very grateful, I am sure.
Listen to Archbishop Blair here: