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Let's Meet the Pope

I don't typically wear my religion on my sleeve.  I think it's a personal thing. 


I'm a Catholic. 

And it's Good Friday (the biggest day in Holy Week besides Easter). 

So I thought today's as good a day as any to learn about the new Pope.

Here's what I know:
  • Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the first Pope from the Americas.
  • He is the first Pope named Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the poor.
  • He is the first Pope to pick a new name in more than a thousand years.
  • He is the first Jesuit Pope.  They are known as teachers, which explains why the all buildings at my college (Fairfield U -- go Stags!) were named after them (Loyola, Xavier, Gonzaga, Bellarmine, Canisius, Campion, and one very wealthy donor named Dolan).
  • He is a humble man who takes public transportation and cooks his own meals.
  • He lived in a small apartment in Buenos Aires and is living in a modest Vatican guest house rather than the formal papal residence.

Here's what I hope:
  • He is able to re-engage the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and repair a religion that is in bad shape.
  • He will see the dire need to evolve and modernize the church's views.
  • He can restore honor to the priesthood.

Here's what I believe:
  • Going to church on Sundays doesn't make you a good person, being a good person does.
  • God loves and accepts everybody.  Everybody.
  • Everything happens for a reason.

Here's one last thing:
If you're ever stuck in an airport on a Friday during Lent, find a Wendy's.  Their fish sandwich is far tastier than McDonald's.  It is also crispy and filet-shaped, not a creepy perfect square like the Filet-O-Fish.  But hit up McDonald's for the fries. You know why.

Happy Easter Sunday, if you celebrate it.  And happy Easter Monday Candy Sale at CVS, if you don't!

tags: holidays


Anonymous said...

Dont forget about Father Kostka and Deacon Klaver.

The Stag said...

Or Regis and Jogues :)

Jen M. said...

I saw this on Pinterest and had to share: Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. :)