‘I prefer a church that is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out in the streets rather that a church that is unhealthy from being confined and clinging to its own security.’
I love Pope Francis. Everyone does.
It’s hard to put my finger on why exactly. Of course, a lot seem to love a fake Francis of their own creation (much like with St. Francis of Assisi); but I think this is just because they know he’s incredibly lovable, and have no choice but to co-opt him, or listen to him. Considering how lively he is, their versions of Francis are remarkably lifeless (they love to place him in a long dead paradigm).
I think the central brilliance of Pope Francis, is that his chief focus seems to on being a good Christian. Head of state, priest, Bishop, Pope, one of the most powerful men in the world, all seem to come second to being a Christian. Not only second, but his concern for these roles is (I believe) entirely derived from his role of lowly Christian.
Previously, the Pope was seen as the definitive Churchman, just because he headed the hierarchy; Pope Francis has made the definitive Churchman, the lowly Churchman.
I don’t doubt that previous Popes were also Christians first, yet Pope Francis has made it incredibly evident. I’d say undeniable, but there are always some.
Crucially, our Pope is a call to action, to live radically by the gospel. That is his mission, and that is why he is Francis. To continously recall us to the gospel, to poverty, to humility, to radical love, to the cross, and ultimately to Christ himself.
‘In this day and age unless Christians are revolutionaries they are not Christians.’
‘To become saints only one thing is necessary: to accept the grace which the Father gives us in Jesus Christ.’
‘Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”‘
Evangelii Gaudium n. 3
God bless you, and pray for the Pope!