Marquette University pays homage to the first-ever Jesuit pope, His Holiness Pope Francis, in a Christmas video that debuted today. The video served as the university’s Christmas greeting to its more than 110,000 alumni nationwide, and will run as a television advertisement in the Milwaukee area during the month of December.
It features Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., students and faculty reciting a passage from a homily about joy that Pope Francis gave in October 2013: “True joy does not come from things or from possessing, no! It is born from the encounter, from the relationship with others, it is born from feeling accepted, understood and loved, and from accepting, from understanding and from loving; and this is not because of a passing fancy but because the other is a person. It is hearing someone say, but not necessarily with words: ‘You are important to me.’ — Good spreads. And joy also spreads. And joy, true joy, is contagious; it is infectious… it impels one forward.”
“Since being elected the first Jesuit pope in March 2013, Pope Francis has spread a message of love, joy and respect to Catholics around the world. He has been praised for his ability to connect with youth, which is near and dear to the hearts of those of us who work every day to educate the next generation of leaders,” said Father Wild. “Pope Francis has shown an unwavering devotion to issues of social justice, repeatedly reminding all of us to join in solidarity with the poor, disheartened and marginalized, which has long been a hallmark of the Society of Jesus.”
See Marquette’s Christmas video online at: marquette.edu/greetings/2013/christmas/.