Thoughts on Pope Francis

Pope Francis I

Mid-conversation with a client, I heard my phone vibrate from inside the big bottom drawer in my desk. When the client walked out of my office, I opened the drawer to see what the buzz was about.

An email from the Pope Alarm: “We have a Pope!”

A couple Tweets, one from Anthony and one from Sarah: “hurry get on Twitter! We have a pope!” and “New pope has been elected!”

A text from Kim: “Who’s it gonna be? Hmmmm.”

By the time I got to the messages, he already had given his blessing from the balcony. And since I learned of the white smoke that signifies our new pope, these have been my thoughts, in no particular order:

  • I want to cry a little (in a good way).

  • He’s super cute!
  • He cooks for himself. Traded a palace for an apartment and a chauffeur for the bus. Pope Francis is my kinda priest.
  • I am moved by this: “I would like to give the blessing, but first – first I ask a favor of you: before the Bishop blesses his people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that he will bless me: the prayer of the people asking the blessing for their Bishop. Let us make, in silence, this prayer: your prayer over me.”
  • John Paul II = JP2. Benedict XVI = B16. Francis = …F1? #CatholicProblems
  • I hope my colleagues enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed it when yelled “I HAVE A NEW POPE!” into the hallway at work.
  • I was stoked for the white smoke, but am even more stoked for future of the Church, now led by a servant-leader who – from day one – has asked us to embrace a life of love and fraternity.
Habemus papam. God bless Pope Francis!

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  • F1 doesn’t cut it. We need something a bit longer and more distinct. PMF? Pontifex Maximus Franciscus?

    • Lol. I guess F1 won’t cut it, until we have a Pope Francis II and the Church adds a 1 to Pope Francis’s name!

  • SVB

    I’m super excited about this guy. I heard about him opting to live in a simple apartment and take the bus to work, and I thought, “This guy gets it.” Love his humility.

  • Arleen, is it a fair concern that B16’s resignation (love the shorthand!) could put pressure on future popes to resign in the face of failing health? Now that a precedent, at least a modern precedent, has been set, might it be possible that powerful cardinals might try and persuade or coerce a pope to resign if he’s taking the church in a direction they don’t want it to go?

    Just curious, as an outsider.

    – Bob

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