Sunday, March 17, 2013
Coming from a most formidable order, the Jesuit Pope Francis is making waves for unity. Unity between the two competing great orders: The Jesuits and the Franciscans...But most urgently his vocation for the unity of Christians. A man of great learning yet humble spirit, Pope Francis is set for the reevangelization of the world first by example then by teaching. His deep education & yet simple appearance have already revealed a rich personality capable of addressing urgent as well as long-term troubles and questions in the world's global economic structure and possibly in influencing the modification of such structure to serve those most in need. Indeed, Pope Francis will also very likely use the Jesuit method of addressing global issues such as armament, violence, hatred, persecution, and injustice. He has already made vibrations in his joking with the media when he gently rebuked them yesterday for their recent attempt to publish false accusations. Today, he mingled with the adoring crowds in St. Peter's Square thus reminding us of John Paul the Great. In all it seems that God has followed through the most difficult period facing Christians in recent history since World war II by choosing holy Pontiffs from Pius XII to Blessed John XXIII, followed by Paul VI, John Paul I, Blessed John Paul II, the great theologian Benedict XVI and last but not least by the election of Pope Francis who is both Jesuit and now a follower of St. Francis. May he be, as his patron was, an "Alter Christus" - Yes, another "Christ"!