Friday, March 15, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday...in honor of Pope Francis

So, I realize I'm a little late to the party..but I just wanted to blog about how excited I am that the Church is no longer Popeless.  So, joining up with Jen at Conversion Diary, this 7 Quick Takes Friday is in honor of our new Pope!

1.

 And, not only do we have a pope...we have an AWESOME Pope, who took the name Francis! Francis! After St. Francis of Assisi. After one one of my favorite saints! Hooray! I come from a family of Franciscans...my sister is a real, actual, live, Franciscan Sister (she's not just my sister, but she is a Sister.)  Technically, she's not a nun..not sure why..but apparently there is some sort of difference between nuns and Sisters...so whatever..she is a Sister.

Future Franciscan Sisters in the making. ;)

 And, my parents are part of head of a lay Franciscan order...Franciscan-ness runs in the family. So, even though Pope Francis is *gasp* a Jesuit, we're all very excited about his chosen name.

2.

This guy is HUMBLE.  And humbleness is great.  And, humble people make the best leaders!  Stories abound..he rode the bus with the cardinals,   He went back to his hotel himself to settle his bill.  When he was living in Argentina as a cardinal, he took public transportation, lived in a tiny apartment and cooked his own meals.  

3.


This picture!   Which is from an Argentinian article about the Pope before he was Francis. And look..there is a mother, *gasp* breastfeeding in very close proximity to our future Pope.  And, he isn't horrified or disgusted..he's just sweetly kissing the feet of the the baby next door.   

And, while everyone always jokes about politicians kissing babies, I've never actually see a modern day one do so!

4.

And, he did this! 

In 2008, on the Holy Thursday, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio(Pope Francis) washed the feet of 12 recovering drug addicts at a rehabilitation center in Buenos Aires, Argentina(in this Pic).
As Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, he showed compassion for the victims of HIV-AIDS and in 2001, visited a hospice to kiss and wash the feet of 12 AIDS patients.

True disciple of Christ!!! To be more precise True Vicar of Christ!!! True Alter Christus!!! Catholic church, Feel proud of Pope Francis!!!

True disciple of Christ!!! To be more precise True Vicar of Christ!!! True Alter Christus!!! Catholic church, Feel proud of Pope Francis!!!

5.

And while he was Cardinal Bergoglio he said this:

 “In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage,” Bergoglio told his priests. “These are today’s hypocrites. Those who clericalize the Church. Those who separate the people of God from salvation. And this poor girl who, rather than returning the child to sender, had the courage to carry it into the world, must wander from parish to parish so that it’s baptized!”
Bergoglio compared this concept of Catholicism to the Pharisees of Christ’s time: people who congratulate themselves while condemning others.
“Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit,” Bergoglio said.


6.

His Father was an Italian immigrant...which makes him a half-blood Italian.  Just like me!  But, he's from South America..our first American Pope!

7.

And, then of course, there is this meme..which is so, so popular on Facebook and always makes me smile.


God Bless Pope Francis!



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2 comments:

  1. Amelia,
    I so love this new Pope. I wrote a whole post about him on my blog.
    He's so remarkable. I read this article last evening: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323393304578360853499727768.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_opinion

    We must pray hard for him because the left-media is already attacking him. Can you imagine?

    I am hopeful and prayerful that your husband is closer to a job. Blessings,
    Emily

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  2. What sweet pictures of your little future Franciscans! How blessed we all are with the this humble new Pope...I just cant stop smiling about him! :)

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