Doing things differently since 1984
In case you haven’t heard the news, Pope Francis is coming to the USA tomorrow. In addition to the honor of having him fly over my state twice (hey, we’ll take what we can get), I have to admit I’m actually kind of excited to see what else he’s planning to do.
You see, even though I’m not Catholic, I am a huge Pope Francis fan. In a world crowded with celebrities, leaders, and influential figures, PF stands out as one of the very few actually worth looking up to. He practices compassion fearlessly like it’s an extreme sport, in big ways, small ways, publicized ways, and behind-the-scenes ways. He talks about compassion all the time, and then — get this — he goes out and DOES it. He restores my faith in religion and humanity at the same time.
But no one really cares about my opinions on the guy (even I hardly do). Instead, here are some of the things he’s gotten up to in the past 2 1/2 years:
And so on. Basically, he’s earned his sky-high approval ratings (which are significantly higher than the Catholic Church in general, by the way) with a consistent message AND personal demonstration of humility, generosity, compassion, peace, and other super Jesus-ey things of the sort that we just don’t see often enough. Some may disagree with what he says, or the institution he represents, or be generally nervous about change, but it would be difficult to call him out for bad deeds or evil intentions.
Is he perfect? Obviously not – he’s even said so himself. But he’s definitely turning heads, and he’s given us all more reason to respect what comes out of his mouth than most.
So basically, Pope Francis, keep on being awesome, and welcome to America. Sorry for our elected political representatives, and all the income inequality and such.