By Fr. Albert Cutié
Pope Francis is inspiring! Since his first appearance on the balcony of St. Peter’s in the Vatican to the recent visit to Brazil, we have all been moved in countless ways by the new Bishop of Rome’s simplicity, directness and affable style. Almost every person or religious leader I have spoken with – from various faith traditions and denominations – shares these impressions. There is no doubt that the new Pope has won many hearts.
In a spiritual landscape filled with “Prosperity Gospel” preachers and theology, Pope Francis offers us an authentic Christian witness which is so needed today and echoes those popular prophetic words from the Hebrew Scriptures, “…to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). His demeanor and style very clearly proclaim that money and power are not gods.
In his welcoming statements in Brazil, this message of humility was reaffirmed when he said, “I don’t have silver or gold, but I bring with me the most precious gift: Jesus Christ!” It is apparent that his unassuming nature is not for public relations purposes and it is certainly not for show; it is the way he has always chosen to live as a follower of Jesus, a priest and bishop and now he has brought those personal attributes to the papacy. That is refreshing! Read More…