The National Catholic Reporter noted that during his second speech on his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis asked the million-plus outdoor Mass congregation to pray for a “miracle” at the synod on the family to be held at the Vatican in October.
Without mentioning specifics, Pope Francis said:
“I ask you to intensify your prayer for this intention so that what still seems to be impure to us, to scandalize us, or frighten us, God … can transform it into a miracle. Families today need this miracle.”
The pontiff also said that the purpose of the synod was “to mature a true spiritual discernment and find concrete solutions to the many difficult and important challenges families must confront in our times.”
It is hard to say what Pope Francis is referring to, but it is obvious that he has high hopes for the synod’s deliberations and outcomes.
“The pope hopes this Synod will help people to move from situations of sin to a state of grace; he’s not referring to anything specific.”
While it is comprehensible that the pope may have deliberately chosen not to be specific, I find it hard to believe that the pope was referring to sin and grace in this poetic quote. “Impure” may be a reference to sin, but not when it is in the context of “what seems to be impure,” implying that we might find out it is, in fact, not impure. Also the references to things which “scandalize” or “frighten” does not fit Lombardi’s explanation.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry