My annual retreat begins this evening, and those eight days of silence include digital silence. However, that does not mean you won't be hearing from me! No, I won't "cheat," but I am preparing some posts ahead of time, drawing on what I have been reading in Pope Francis' first encyclical, "The Light of Faith" (Lumen fidei). It's true there is a LOT of Benedict's "voice" in this document, but Francis comes through loud and clear. It is, after all, his encyclical. So look for a daily dose of "Lumen fidei" while I am on this retreat. And please pray for me that the "light of faith" will glow with greater intensity for me during this week of prayer (and silence!).
To get the ball rolling, here is your first installment of "Lumen fidei" (from #31):
Last night I had read today's Gospel in preparation for Mass and meditation, and then I picked up the Kindle to continue reading the encyclical. Lo and behold: a reference to today's Gospel story of the "woman with the flow of blood": "The crowd presses in on Jesus, but they do not reach him with the personal touch of faith, which apprehends the mystery that he is the Son who reveals the Father. Only when we are configured to Jesus do we receive the eyes needed to see him" ["him" in this case being the Father, since faith allows us to see with Christ's own vision].