Pope Francis’ ‘Time Is Greater Than Space’: What Does It Mean?

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Our Holy Father is a process-starter and not a space-dominator

Meanwhile, on this point, the cues and clues keep coming from Pope Francis himself. In his May 17 interview with “La Croix,” he says: “In the post-synodal exhortation [Amoris Laetitia], I sought to respect the Synod to the maximum. You won’t find canonical prescriptions there about what one may or may not do…. It is a serene, peaceful reflection on the beauty of love, how to educate the children, to prepare for marriage … It emphasizes responsibilities that could be developed by the Pontifical Council for the Laity in the form of guidelines.”

Here is a pope who works “slowly but surely, without being obsessed with immediate results.” And it seems to me that he wants all of us to do the same. Give it a try. Slow down and walk with him rather than in front of him (or, God forbid, over him). Give “a priority to time.” Let time be greater than space.

Deacon Jim Russell is a “cradle” Catholic, husband, father of eleven, and grandfather of two. Ordained to the diaconate in 2002, Russell serves as Family Life Coordinator for the Office of Laity and Family Life in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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