Three questions I have been asked about Pope Francis after his recent visit to America.
1. Why do people want to touch the Pope? Do they think they will be blessed from touching him?
I do not know why people want to touch him. What I do know is that he is the successor to Peter and he is unlike any Pope to come before him. He is a man that so many look up to and admire. If anyone wanted to just touch the Pope I would love to hear why.
2. So is he another Jesus?
No, there will never be another Jesus but he is truly trying to live the way Jesus wants us to live. He was given the opportunity to dine with politicians and instead chose to dine with the homeless. He shows Catholics and non-Catholics the statement ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ in action.
Those of us who are religious know how we are supposed to behave and what we are supposed to do. However, life and the temptations of life get in the way more times than not. Pope Francis shows us all how we can do even a little of what Jesus would want us to do.
3. Why is this Pope so special to so many?
In the Catholic Church the Pope is at the top. He has the nicest everything! Yet, Pope Francis turns it down. He sleeps in a small room, rides in a regular car. He is about having less than more. He shows us that he truly cares about those that many of us tend to not see or turn away from, the homeless, the imprisoned, and the sick. He is truly living his faith and beliefs.
When the Pope was here in America he did not go around telling everyone they should become Catholic or that the Catholic faith was the best religion there is. No he did none of this. He just led by example. I know for myself I want to try and follow in his example.
He was given the opportunity to have the inside of his airplane changed around for him on his way back to Rome with a bed or whatever he wanted. He simply asked to be treated as everyone else and to sit in a seat like everyone else. Could you do that? Could you give up luxury if given the choice for the ‘normal’? I truly don’t know if I could.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the recent visit of Pope Francis.
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