Pope Francis gets it!

I love this Pope. I’m a non-hierarchical Presbyterian, but I love Pope Francis.

TOPSHOT – Members of the faithful take photos of Pope Francis, as he arrives to lead the Liturgy of Penance in St Peter’s basilica at the Vatican on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

He “gets” relationships as well as he “gets” worship. He “gets” distraction and what a “60 Minutes” investigative report exposed: a form of technological addiction built into cell phones to make the user as anxious as a nursing infant torn away from its mother when you’ve put down your cell phone for more than eight minutes.

Lift up your hearts,” he said, not “Lift up your cell phones to take a picture,” referring to the use of cell phones in worship. “Mass is not a show!”

Francis is not an abstainer. He has a cell phone and he uses it.

Susan Hogan of The Washington Post reminds readers of Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) in which he urged Catholics last year to use discretion in using electronic devices. “We know that sometimes they can keep people apart, rather than together, as when at dinner time everyone is surfing on a mobile phone, or when one spouse falls asleep waiting for the other who spends hours playing with an electronic device.”

Pope Francis might have added the fact that we humans are mammals, not invisible spirits. Mammals are flesh and blood creatures who use all five senses. For tactile creatures who live in a single place in real time, cyberspace relationships and distractions are no substitute for face-to-face, body-to-body, eye-to-eye, hand-in-hand physical presence to each other. Whales don’t take pictures. Neither do dogs, cats, or chimpanzees.

“Lift up your hearts! Not your cell phones!” says the author of The Joy of Love.

Three cheers for the pope who took the name of Francis of Assisi whose community included other mammals — whales, dogs, cats, chimps, and humans — and, of course, birds who found a resting place on his shoulder.

  • Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, Nov. 10, 2017.

 

8 thoughts on “Pope Francis gets it!

  1. I don’t just like, I enthusiastically agree. He is a light showing to any who are not blinded by greed, envy or corruption the road to the true Light. I read his book Walking with Jesus. Simple, but profound.

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  2. Especially Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

    Best,

    Jim

    James Bertram Haugh, Ph.D. 11630 Glen Arm Road – Unit L58 Glen Arm, Maryland 21057-9448 757-636-1703 Cell 410-593-7892

    On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 2:33 PM, Views from the Edge wrote:

    > Gordon C. Stewart posted: “I love this Pope. I’m a non-hierarchical > Presbyterian, but I love Pope Francis. He “gets” relationships as well as > he “gets” worship. He “gets” distraction and what a “60 Minutes” > investigative report exposed: a form of technological addiction buil” >

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