Pope Francis: A Model of Mercy

Posted by Franciscan Media on Feb 26, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Pope Francis shakes hands with an inmate bearing a tatto at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia Sept. 27. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

One of the phrases most likely to be associated with Pope Francis is “Who am I to judge?” It’s a phrase that he has taken to heart. It is an openness to the mercy of God not only for oneself but for everyone. If God doesn’t judge us for our many failings, who are we to judge others harshly? Blaming others, especially for something we’ve done, is an attitude that we ought to outgrow sometime in our toddler years. But like many of the other remnants of original sin, we cling to this finger-pointing.

Pope Francis has been an extraordinary role model in the art of being perfectly human and perfectly Christian. He makes it look and sound so easy, perhaps because he comes to us with the wisdom of decades learning to do this himself. 

—from the book The Hope of Lent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis by Diane M. Houdek

The Hope of Lent

Categories: Pope Francis, Lent