Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley delivers his homily at the Boston Area Order of Malta Mass held at St. John's Seminary in Brighton Oct. 22. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
BRIGHTON -- "Today we gather on the feast of so great a pope, Pope St. John Paul II," Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley told over 150 members of the Order of Malta at their annual Boston area Mass and dinner at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Oct 22.
Knights and Dames and auxiliaries of the Order of Malta, as well as several prospective members, came from the entire New England region to attend the event, which began with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal O'Malley in the seminary chapel.
In his homily, Cardinal O'Malley remembered Carolyn Lynch, a longtime Dame of Malta who passed away in Oct. 1.
"It is very fitting for us to remember her here," he said.
Cardinal O'Malley also praised Pope Francis' visit to the United States, noting that it seemed "our whole country was on retreat."
"It is a great honor to work with him in the Council of Cardinals, to interact with this extraordinary man who has fascinated the world through his humility and simplicity with his wisdom and goodness," he added. "He truly reflects the themes of St. Francis."
"We certainly have been so blessed in our lifetime to have had such extraordinary popes," he said.
"The role of the pope flows from Peter's vocation in the Gospels," the cardinal explained, noting that the vocation is cemented in the Gospel where Jesus asks Peter three times, 'Do you love me?'