Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
who shepherds the people and sets them free.
I started this blog on April 9, 2007. I thank God that I have lived this long. I thank God especially that I have lived long enough to experience the papacy of Francis. He is a man after my own heart. Like Jesus, he knows that people are more important than laws. I feel that much of my 54 year old priesthood has been affirmed by The Joy of Love that he released on Friday. He encourages pastors not to apply moral laws as if they were "stones to throw at people's lives." His is a pastoral and merciful Church.