In the world now, where leaders are often self-entitled and self-important. Politicians (and even church leaders!) are often seen enjoying the kowtowing from their constituents and the luxuries (and “PERKS”) that comes with their office. Pope Francis emerges as a beacon of what a good leader should be.
When the white smoke rose above the Vatican, the world knew we had a new Pope. The election is critical as it comes at a time that the Roman Catholic Church is under a lot of pressure. The past few years is a difficult time for the Church. It’s a time that even the Catholic Church is plagued by news of corruption and of news of molestation by priests. It’s a time where there’s a lot of anger towards the Church by different sectors for various reasons. It’s a time where Catholics worldwide are growing disheartened and disillusioned, turning to other religions for answers.
Then, out comes Pope Francis I. A man who charms the world from the moment he steps out to officially greet the people.
It’s hard not to like him. He has an easy charm that automatically draws people to him.
The first few things he does as Pope shows he is not only charming, he is a man unafraid to buck traditions and shake things up. In his first official role as Pope, he immediately goes AGAINST tradition by:
- refusing to use the platform that will elevate him above his fellow cardinals, instead, choosing to present himself as equal to the cardinals who chose him;
- refusing to wear the official scarlet papal cape and appeared in only the simple white vestments;
- refusing to stay at the papal apartments and opted to stay at a residence for visiting clergy;
- refusing to ride the papal car and rode in the bus with the rest of the Cardinals.
What he does on his first day on the job showcases what kind of man he is. He is a man of humility who doesn’t care about or for the pomp and grandeur of his position. His message: “I’m just one of you.”
He continues his life as Pope in much the same vein as he began it. He keeps on surprising the world and changes the face of the Catholic Church, one thing at a time.
With each act, he endears himself more and more to the billions of Catholics and even non-Catholics worldwide, although he is probably infuriating traditionalist Catholics in the process.
He is doing exactly what Jesus taught and inspired: humility, simplicity, bucking tradition in favor of compassion, and preaching acceptance and love.
A friend told me that what Pope Francis is teaching is not unique so why are Catholics surprised.
Here’s my opinion: It may not be new, but the way he teaches it is unique. He doesn’t begin with long-winded sermons, he begins with actions. And what he is showing us through his actions is what it should be.
He wants the priests to live more austere lives and shun fancy cars, and so he began his life as Pope by rejecting a ride in a fancy papal car. He doesn’t put himself on a pedestal or act like he’s holier than anyone else, he makes himself available to the public and as a result, his message comes across LOUD AND CLEAR.
Pope Francis is a promise of better things to come. As a Catholic, I’ve never been more inspired.
He’s a world leader that all other leaders (political, religious or even corporate) should follow and emulate. He’s obviously a man who places the people he serves and the institution he represents in higher importance than himself.
I just wish more leaders were like him…. God knows the world, especially the Philippines, needs it.