I ask, please, for your prayers for me and my collaborators, who until Friday will be on retreat.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 5, 2017
“Collaborators” is not a word normally associated with being on retreat. Even if it is not a silent retreat, it’s still a strange word, because it suggests the creation of something new. Such is normally the end product of a collaboration. It also suggests a closed group working together toward a desired result. It is strongly horizontal language, which seems at odds with what should be a transcendent experience.
I checked the Italian handle to see if maybe it was a translation er….. nope.
Chiedo per favore un ricordo nella preghiera per me e i miei collaboratori, che fino a venerdì faremo gli Esercizi Spirituali.
— Papa Francesco (@Pontifex_it) March 5, 2017
So should we start girding ourselves for some further development of nuChurch next weekend? The Second Sunday of Lent is the Transfiguration. Perhaps a little faux nouveau dogme? “See, I wear white, just like Jesus! I get to deny His true words and replace them with my own.”
Here are some visuals that “collaboration” brings to mind. I can’t help it.