This post is written in response to an article (The Head-Slapping Criticism of Pope Francis) written by Stacy Trasancos in the Catholic Free Press. In it she reminds the Body of Christ to stop publicly slapping the Head of the Church.
The criticism coming from the self-identified “loyal opposition” Catholics in the media who feel obliged to fraternally correct the Holy Father is perplexing to say the least. It is shocking that declared faithful Catholics label Pope Francis a Modernist heretic, and then bewail the burden of it. Others dislike his personality and humility, […]
Every time Pope Francis speaks, the papers are filled with sensational headlines. When the pope reminds us that our life in Christ is so much more than certain issues, people overreact.
It seems to me that Pope Francis was appointed by God to remind the Church to come back to the basics, to our foundation in Christ. The pope desires to bring us into a balance in our spiritual life. Our first love, our focus is to allow God to love us, love Him in return and treat others with the same mercy and forgiveness as we receive from Christ.
We must always remember who we are as believers, as children of God, brothers and sisters of Christ, companions of the Holy Spirit. When I look at the pope, I see a man who lives simply and joyfully, a man who lives out the gospel in real tangible ways.
Lord, forgive our arrogance and our presumption
that sets us up as judges. Turn our eyes to you, oh God
and have mercy on us.