Hello, my Friend! Hello today!
I hope you are in a good way!
No matter rain, no matter shine,
I always hope your day if fine!
The world’s excitement is on highs!
…Papa, to America, flies!
We, Leprechauns, we’re all on call…
For great big work, though we are small!
Papa Francesco…He’s our Pope!
He fills the world with lots of hope!
I, Finney, and all of my Clan,
Will always try to help this man!
He’s special to all God’s children.
He leads us with the great Amen.
Franciscus, as he signs his name,
(Francesco’s the Italian same)
Is Francis, Pope, chosen to be,
In the Chair of the Holy See!
We know that for us all he cares…
Ev’ry moment of life he shares.
He shares with us and for us all,
He’s tried hard to answer God’s call.
To show him our grand thanks we must
Give to him our love and our trust.
He’s had to go and live in Rome…
He’s had to leave what was his home,
And sure ‘n this was not easy,
But he well knew it had to be.
For God and Church, he gives his days,
Sacrificing in many ways.
Pope Francis prays…he’s just a man…
Tryin’ to do the best he can…
To hear God’s voice and live with love,
He knows God’s grace comes from above.
And special Grace comes just for him,
Because he’s leader…far from whim,
He’s chosen for this special role…
Servant to all…serving each soul.
St. Peter was first…Francis now…
And only God really knows how
They manage to do this hard task
Of doing whate’er God might ask.
He’ll help us to stay in the light…
To want to stay right in God’s sight!
He wants us, with God, to be Friends,
Our message of this, each prayer sends.
Two hundred sixty sixth is he…
Francis, our Pope, is who he “be!”
So, we will help him have some fun!
Each day of work, before it’s done
We’ll help him have some time to play
We’ll help with that in ev’ry way!
We know he likes the game “football”…
Which we can play, though we are small!
We’ll keep it slow so he hangs in..
But we just hope he lets us win!
And then we thought of one more thing!
A team, its praises, he does sing…
The Saints of San Lorenzo name,
Enjoy great Argentina fame!
He’s loved this team for very long,
We’ll be like them…We can’t go wrong!
Their colors…they are red and blue.
The colors’ story’s old …not new.
‘Twas in the past, these colors were
For Heaven’s Queen, our Lovely “Her!”
Our Blessed Mother Mary, Queen!
Golden Rose of our Isle of green!
So we have used these colors for
Some shirts for playin’…fun galore!
St. Pat’s Godfriends is our “team’s” name!
With Papa, we’ll play “football’s” game!
The nickname “Paddies” we’ll go by…
We’ll play to keep his spirits high!
We’ll find a lovely field of green,
And make it a fun “football” scene!
We’ll run with him, and help him play
To help with stress of any day!
We know he won’t steal any gold,
That we’ve kept safe since days of old.
No stranger to our Emerald Isle,
One time he came and stayed a while.
He came to study in Dublin,
For English study and speakin’!
‘Twas then we learned he’s a great man,
Who likes to do all that he can
To help, and always of the mind,
To be of service to mankind.
So if we help him have fun, too,
We think that would be good to do…
No need to worry for our gold,
That’s been so safe since days of old.
Me Mum and Dad, for us, will cheer,
And that will be so fun to hear!
And Uncle Obie wants to play..
Oh, boy…but he will get his way…
‘Cause he loves Papa, and will be,
Just tryin’ to help, as will we!
Of course, we’ll have to hear Pronshi
Go on about the name that he
And Papa have that is the same…
‘Cause Proinsias is the Francis name
In Irish, and how we would say…
Pron-she-iss in the Irish way!
I guess that I have talked today
Enough of Papa and the way
We hope to help him have some fun,
On ev’ry day before it’s done!
And that is why he let us come,
He knows quite well where we come from,
And that we know where fields of green,
Do hide and sometimes can’t be seen.
We are so thankful Papa’s Pope
To bring us all God’s love and hope!
I am so glad we talked today,
God bless you is what I do say!
Note from Nannie:
“And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18,19)
St. Peter was the first pope and Pope Francis is the 266th pope.
“San Lorenzo de Almagro, a top-division soccer club (in Buenos Aires, Argentina*), has holy beginnings. It was created in 1908 by Lorenzo Massa, a priest. One of the team’s nicknames is Los Santos (the Saints), and the team’s colors, blue and red, are said to correspond to the colors of the Virgin Mary’s robe. Next to the stadium, the interior of a small chapel – the country’s only stadium with a chapel on its grounds – is adorned in San Lorenzo flags and décor. So, perhaps it is fitting that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, is a San Lorenzo fan. (www.nytimes.com)
*Argentina is where Pope Francis is from!
Viva il Papa!
God bless you and thank you for stopping by to visit Finney and Me!
3 thoughts on “53. Papa!”
Wonderful way in which you tied the Pope’s love of “futbol” with Finney and the rest of the Paddies. The introduction of St. Patrick’s Godfriends was very clever. Lastly, the picture of the light illuminating the grass at what appears to be days end was impressive.
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To my dear Friend Poppie from your dear Friend Finney!
How nice for you to write to me,
And help me know that you do see
Fun thoughts from what I wrote today…
Fun thoughts from things I had to say!
Papa Francesco’s such a gift!
He gives our hearts and minds a lift!
He soothes our souls by his real care
For all God’s children everywhere!
I knew you were a grand sports fan…
A loyal, fine spectator man,
Who knows a fine team at first sight…
Who’ll spot right on a guiding Light!
St. Patrick’s Godfriends counts on you
To cheer for us in our games, too!
Go, Paddies! We do want to hear!
Go, Paddies is a grand fine cheer!
I thank you, Poppie, for your time,
To read and comment on my rhyme!
I am so glad you wrote today!
God bless you is what I do say!