Our Jesuit Pope: Seeing the face of God

By Suzanne Delaney, IHM  |  Photos courtesy of Suzanne Delaney, IHM | Cover photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons/Raffaele Esposito

Sister Suzanne Delaney, IHM, poses with an artist near the papal Mass on Sept. 23, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

“To love another person is to see the face of God” is a familiar line from a song in Les Miserables.

These words seem to epitomize Pope Francis and the life he leads. Truly he sees the face of God in all and has made countless attempts to reach out and be more inclusive and welcoming to everyone both within the Church and without.

This was so evident as he entered the diverse crowd in his Jeep Wrangler and circled the campus of Catholic University twice to shouts of uncontained joy and excitement.

Quite honestly, my excitement at first being invited to attend the Pope’s Mass in Washington, D.C., and the canonization of Junipera Serra was contained. I couldn’t think beyond the mass of people, the challenge to get to D.C., the road blocks, security, and other obstacles.


Once there and in the crowd, however, my containment dissolved and excitement took over in being in the presence of a dearly loved and respected Pope for his humanity and holiness. His love is palpable; his holiness permeable. His way of being filled the crowd like an electric currenta current that could only have been felt being present in the actual crowd.

espite my initial apprehensions, I am grateful to have experienced this historic moment in U.S. history. May the Pope’s messages of love, hope and, encouragement shared throughout his visit resonate in our hearts and the hearts of others throughout our common home!

Suzanne Delaney is a sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She serves as program assistant for clinical and research programs for the Pastoral Counseling department at Loyola University Maryland.

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