Your Monday Selfie
After months of intense planning and preparation, Pope Francis finally arrived to the United States last week for a three city tour including stops in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. Over the last week, my social media timeline has flooded with commentary ranging from praise to mild humor and even utter disgust in response to the minor inconveniences and security measures caused by the Pope's arrival.
I had the unique opportunity to serve as a team leader for my employer's participation in the festivities and subsequently had a behind the scenes seat as the activities unfolded. What an unexpected blessing! As as insider, I fully understood the historical significance of the visit as well as the economic impact. Yet, I fully underestimated how the presence and prose of the Pontificate would personally impact me.
Every speech was powerful offering wisdom, insight and guidance for daily living. Every encounter was warm, offering kisses and an infectious smile to every person he passed on parade routes. He was simply endearing. As a Protestant, I'm not well versed in Catholicism but as a pastor's kid, I know good leadership when I see it.
This Pope is unlike any other I've read about or witnessed in my lifetime. His desire to make the church reachable and relevant in this modern age is more than respectable. My heart is overjoyed by the love and reception that millions of Americans gave him and faithfully optimistic about our nation's future following his departure. This country has been awakened, revived and challenged to be better and do better. So have I.