A Pope for the Others
Pope St. John Paul the Great (JP2) was “A Pope for the World.” He helped bring peace to the world by fighting the Nazi’s, communism, and the tyranny of the Cold War. He traveled the world like no previous Pope in history (obviously, modern technology and transportation-accessibility helped that) and was embraced as a man of peace. The way in which he challenged the world to become united was incredible, and although there were always those who disagreed, he was instrumental in peace-filled actions (too numerous to mention) all around the world. For these reasons, and others, he was a Pope for the world.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was “A Pope for the Church.” Even before his time as Pope, and certainly during and after, he worked to solidify the liturgy and to make certain that orthodoxy within the Church was upheld. His work dating back to Vatican II is incredible, and the Church is better because of it. Pope Benedict worked to unite the Church and to strengthen Her from within. For these reasons, and others, he was a Pope for the Church.
I believe that Pope Francis is “A Pope for the Others.” Pope Francis – due majorly in part to the media – has had a huge impact on the lives of “the others.” What do I mean by “others”? Well, those who are outside of the Church for whatever reason. Francis takes the age-old approach of, as I’ve mentioned before, “The Good Shepherd.” Francis knows that the sheep have been dispersed, attacked, and lost, but he desires for even that 1 lost sheep to be brought back into the fold. Much debate about his ways, his tactics, and his methods have been scrutinized and brought into question. For the millionth time… what he is doing is good, faithful, and amazing! Catholics who are opposed to him need to seriously check their pride, egos, and motives because you’re missing the big picture. Maybe, just maybe, not everything in life is all about you.
See, Pope Francis is an evangelist. I and others know this because I see him and his methods, and I too prescribe to this form of ministry. I too am an evangelist and believe that his approach to ministry is absolutely effective and working. Just look at posts and comments from atheists, agnostics, anti-Catholics, and especially from fallen-away-Catholics… they are drawn to him and his heart. One small example! They see his authenticity and genuine care for others and that causes them pause and urges them to consider not only what he does but what he says. This speaks volumes. Beating people into submission doesn’t work. Forcing, coercing, bribing, and/or guilting people into a set of beliefs doesn’t work. Telling people how bad they are, casting them out further, and alienating them doesn’t work. What works is love, and no matter how counter-cultural it is, we must begin to believe that love is the answer to all things. For these reasons, and others, Pope Francis is a Pope for the “others.”
Perhaps you’re an “other” and happen to be reading this. Thanks for stopping by, I’m glad you’re here. I hope that my site is a place that encourages you to consider what authentic masculinity really is, and hopefully will inspire a response towards living as an authentic person. If you’re a man, the challenge is simple – live by following the example of Jesus Christ, the One True God and True Man; virtue, virtue, virtue. (Check out my resources tab above and click on the “Guide to Virtue” for more.)
Men, I hope that as you read this, you realize that there are many in our midst that are opposed to the Catholic Church. They are opposed to the ideas of TrueManhood, they are opposed to religion, they are opposed to faith-based-anything. They have bought the lie of the world (cultural manliness) and as far as they are concerned, that’s fine, fun, and good for them. What they are missing is the alternative… a life as God intended it, serving one another, loving one another, and preaching the Good News. Pope Francis does this naturally, and is really spectacular at it. Take heed and learn from him. He’s prompting you to do the same, in your unique way, so that others can see the light of Christ through you.