We could all take a lesson from Pope Francis. In an address to the media, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of the media in the world today. He thanked them for their “hard work” over the past few days. He spoke of how he chose the name Francis. He wished the media, their work and their families well.
When our new Pope gave his apostolic blessing, he did so – in silence – out of respect. He did so in silence out of respect for those who are not of the Catholic faith and those who don’t believe at all. “I respect the conscience of each one of you”, he said, “knowing that each one of you is a Child of God. May God bless you”.
My initial feeling after reading the article by Vatican Radio was of excitement. Excitement for the direction the Catholic church is heading under Pope Francis’s leadership. Excitement for the world who has a living example of charity, humility, and respect for all. In three days Pope Francis has already shown us how we should be as true Christians.
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term Christian means “one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.” It saddens me to read or hear someone describe his- or herself as Christian and then curse someone else and condemn that someone to Hell. The teachings of Christ are not hateful, vulgar, or disrespectful. Jesus taught us charity, humility, and respect for all. Not just respect for people who share our beliefs. Respect for all of God’s children . . . especially those who don’t believe they are of God.
“Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you.” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf)
It’s true and something we should all live by.
May God bless you today and always,