“St. Francis…was placed in great agony of doubt as to what he should do: whether to give himself only to continual prayer or to preach sometimes. He wanted very much to know which of these would please our Lord Jesus Christ most. And as the holy humility that was in him did not allow him to trust in himself or in his own prayers, he humbly turned to others in order to know God’s will in this matter.”- The Little Flowers of St. Francis
Well, the new pope has taken his seat in the Vatican and many people are expressing their joy for the name he has chosen. He is officially Pope Francis! I, personally, am very pleased with this choice and it shows this man’s character and heart for those who are not necessarily the most cared for in our world. His name is derived from St. Francis of Assisi, a man who was born into wealth, but upon conversion took a different approach to life. He recognized that simpler is better, especially when serving the under-resourced and under-served. This man truly was a saint. (for more details read: The Little Flowers of St. Francis)
Now, I must admit I wasn’t sure what direction he was going to go in when he chose the name, but now I am a believer. I saw an article discussing the fact that he chose to keep a pair of shoes given to him by some of his priests in Argentina instead of the papal shoes. Before he received these shoes he apparently had been wearing tattered footwear. Then, to top it off, he is choosing to walk among the people and not be secluded or separated when in public. Granted, there will be protection…he is the pope after all. However, he is definitely a man that is willing to make sacrifices and serve with integrity to his calling.
I am excited to see where he leads the Catholic Church and the impact he has on the entire Church. His life should be an example to us all, catholic or not. He is living a life of simplicity and no matter what role he is in; he is willing to maintain that conviction to live a poor life while pouring his life into others. May we maintain our convictions in life and may we serve with humility, no matter where we are placed in God’s story.