Pope Francis continues to be a topic of interest in even his smallest actions and words. A fashion specialists after making a study of the pope's style calls it 'minimalism'. This keyword includes simplicity and plainness. A Salesian, priest columnist, who writes in the View from the Ark, examines the life of the pope and leaves us with his reflections.
Pope Francis in his visit to Korea was using a
50 dollar watch. He was wearing shoes made by a small shoemaker in
Buenos Aires, the ring and the neck piece were made with silver. In his
very person he was showing us a distancing from materialism with which
we are surrounded. In Korea, especially, we have the economic progress firmly compressed, which makes the virtue of poverty
difficult to practice
Jesus lived poverty but it was
not a miserable life. It was a life freely chosen, which was his glory and blessing. Poverty gave him freedom. When a person feels the
miserableness of poverty than we have real poverty. Christians today need to examine this theme in detail, we need to make known
that poverty is not something bad. We need to show that we can be
happy without money, contrary to the spirit of the times. Money when it
becomes the answer to everything we are on the verge of falling
into big hole. We are driving our older people to the edge of a cliff,
making for a bleak future.
Pope Francis in seeing the poor
leaving the church is angry. The Church needs to lessen the gap
between the poor and rich. A beautiful bridge needs to be built between
them.Religious living the life of poverty is a good, but they need to
share this with the poor.
Pope Francis is beginning to
give us a spirituality of poverty following on that of St. Francis.
The priest columnist remembers the visit to Korea of the pope and all
his travels. He showed us what humility and poverty meant with his
whole body. Everyone of his actions in meeting with the poor were
intimate and natural. His visit has made for a new spiritual awakening
for the Church.
We need to take his lead and work to
bring about a change in our life as followers of Jesus. We don't want
to change the direction he has given us--a small, poor church, with poor and humble pastors getting close to the poor.
pope's words continue to resound in the ears of the columnist. We want
to change the bureaucracy of the clergy at the center, and careerism
within the church. We need to become a church of the old, the poor and
the young. And concludes with the question: Are we making it easy for the
poor to enter our communities without any feelings of discrimination