Pope Francis

Pope Francis.

Although it’s been a long time since I’ve been active in the Church, I am, and will always be, a fervent admirer of the “alter Christus,” St. Francis of Assisi.

“Pope Francis” almost sounds like an oxymoron … St. Francis abhorred pomp, ceremony, and virtually everything distracting him from his chosen path of poverty—real poverty—to find the Lord in “perfect joy.” But the “pope” part is not what this new Francis chose. It’s merely an affectionate customary title, not even a spiritual one, which all Bishops of Rome immediately become known by. Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, didn’t choose “Pope.” He chose the name “Francis.”

That’s an impressive choice. And a news release from the Vatican clarifies that Francis chose his name not for Francis Xavier, or any other Francis, but for the nature mystic of Assisi. Francis, in this age of cellphones and Facebook, of scandals, and outrage, of global warming and multi-national corporate greed.

I have no illusions that this Francis will be the saint of Assisi on the papal throne. He has his own story, his own strengths, his own faults. He will follow God according to his path, and I according to mine. But there is something about hearing “Pope Francis” that inspires me. And more than that, realizing that he chose the name Francis, gives me hope.

God bless you, Papa Francis. May you inspire the world and lead the Church in love and wisdom. May you be well and strong. May you be guided well and listen true. May you be an instrument of His peace.

5 thoughts on “Pope Francis

  1. Lovely to see you posting again. I love your contribution and the inspiring and insightful writing. Hope that you continue.



  2. Almost a year later since you wrote this….interested in listening to your point of view “again” with some history on the Pope Francis.

    I am inspired and continue to be….

  3. Wow. I loved this. I love this website. I’m on the narrow path and haven’t found others on my journey along this way. How do you do it? I use 12 steps but I miss a church group, belonging, blah blah blah which takes me back to always the God within. .and that is sufficient. I am.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *