Pope Francis - a Beacon of Hope?

March 14, 2013,
Claire Montanaro

Knowing nothing about the Argentinian Cardinal who is now the Bishop of Rome, I was unmoved though interested to hear of his election. I happened to be hearing the News on television when the white smoke signal was sent out and then, an hour later, I watched with millions of others as a humble man stepped forward into the Catholic limelight, and I became, this time, moved, first by compassion for anyone in his position and then moved by his compassion and love. There is a warmth about the new Pope which radiates out even on television, a simplicity and an ability to cut through the pomp to speak to his audience directly - for now. It is extraordinary that there has never been a Francis for Pontiff before, when Francis of Assisi, with the soul of Jesus, was so much the epitome of the Christ Consciousness through his love for all living beings and the Planet, and considering his importance in Catholic history. He was a healer and a unifier, he honoured women and the Planet, and he lived with the poor as one of the poor having experienced life with great richness. This Argentinian priest who has chosen the august name also has been committed for all his priestly service to encouraging social inclusion and helping those in need, a champion of justice and uncompromising in fighting for his beliefs. He is of the Jesuit order, pledged in simple service to the people. If he is allowed, I believe he could do much to heal his Church and bring the light of truth and integrity to what is greatly discredited, but the power of the Vatican may fetter him to the status quo, as far as it can. This is a brave man, an outsider who will  face such pressure from so many vested interests that it could be intolerable for him.  Anything could happen. Meanwhile, I see the great dissimilarity in character and values between him and his predecessor to whom he was runner-up in the election of 2005. How different, for the Church and far beyond, would his papacy have been compared to Benedict? It may have been an opportunity missed, but we have learned so much thanks to the papacy of the last Pope, however unintended the learning may have been. I wish Francis well, with all my heart. Claire Montanaro is a spiritual teacher, channel and blogger with special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition. Loves nature and wildlife. Author of “Spiritual Wisdom”.]]>

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7 comments on “Pope Francis - a Beacon of Hope?”

  1. When I saw him stepping out on the balcony he didn't strike me as a humble person at all, and the fact he picked a name nobody has with such a great significance feels just like being too confident in yourself. He's not even from the order founded by St. Francis, which would make it understandable. He had a quick run up to the high spheres and he's a Jesuit. It just feels so fake and political like look, world, you think we are paedophiles and too rich but we have a humble servant of God as a leader. Everyone says he's humble but the only humble thing he did was to pray for Ratzinger before himself, which can be orchestrated but I want to believe it was sincere. Once again I feel the weight of the choice of my parents, I see the Church even more corrupted and distant.

    1. Thank you, Alessia. All popes are controversial, and Francis will be no different! All we can do is to wish him well and hope that he is able to bring healing and cleansing where it is needed. Time will tell.

  2. Rather Pope Francis as an icon & the idealism of Jesuit learning as his vessel than Posh and Becks and Hello magazine. Mind you I suppose we could take all of it with a pinch of salt. X

  3. I once knew a Jesuit priest - en Normandie - in August 1987. We both spent a week at a small school in Lisieux, where we both brushed up on our French. One day, after he'd incurred the ire of the administration because he'd spoken up when he thought the dignity of a femaie student there had been breached, I took him on a drive to Honfleur that afternoon in my old bagnole at the time as a way of distracting him from the bad day he'd been having.
    He was a decent fellow, soft-spoken and principled. Upon reflection, his actions have reinforced for me the symbolism contained in Sophocles' Theban play Antigone.
    It is interesting indeed that now Francis Ier is now Pope. If he be indeed both soft-spoken and principled in the same manner as the Jesuit priest I so briefly knew, he could be exemplary of the divine appearing in ordinary papal garb.

  4. Indeed a very warm and charismatic figure was revealed as he connected with as many people as he could the day of his inauguration. Speaking Italian to the crowds also gave a homely feel to the new Pope. Choosing the name Francis is not a coincidence and Divine intervention has indeed captured the general public Catholic and non by his name alone. God bless Pope Francis in his journey as the new leader of the Catholic Church in these new and exciting times!

    1. Thank you, Liz. Yes, the new Pope has made a very encouraging start. Let us hope the great burdens of his office do not weigh him down too much, and he has the help he needs.

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