Albino Luciani who became Pope John Paul I
He had a beautiful smile which he will always be remembered for and was known as the smiling Pope. He also had an incredible trust and childlike love of Jesus and Mary...
As bishop of Vittorio Veneto in 1960, Luciani gave a talk, which he gave to the clergy of his diocese on “priestly humility” using Psalm 131 as his guide, and going through it line by line. Here too he stressed the maternal imagery in the psalm:
sicut parvulus, ita in me est anima mea (v. 2)
Like a little child in its mother’s arms;
Like a little child, so is my soul within me.
In a piece he wrote as Patriarch of Venice for the feast of the Holy Rosary in October 1973, he wrote:
When people talk about “adult Christians” in prayer, sometimes they exaggerate. Personally, when I speak alone with God and Our Lady, I prefer to feel like a child rather than an adult. The miter, the skullcap and the ring disappear; I send the adult on vacation and the bishop too, along with the staid, serious and dignified behavior that go along with them, in order to abandon myself to the spontaneous tenderness that a child has for Mama and Papa. To be, at least for half an hour or so, as I am in reality, with my misery and the best of myself, to feel surfacing from the depths of my being the child I once was, a child who wants to laugh, chatter and to love the Lord, and who sometimes feels the need to weep so that mercy may be shown him, helps me to pray. (11)
In 1975, from a talk that Luciani evidently gave in Rio Grande do Sul Brazil, during his trip to visit the Italian immigrants there. This is only an excerpt without the context, but it gives a very vivid picture:
We are always present to the Heart of God.