Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Have To. Pope Francis has access to some of the most lavish and luxurious accommodations in Rome and perhaps even in the world with a staff assigned to serve and wait on him whenever he needs it. Yet, for the sake of simplicity and to show grace and humility (something he did as the Archbishop of Buenos Aries) he has decided to stay in a guest room at the hotel nearby. My friends, as a leader there are liberties afforded us, but we should consider with great caution the effect of accepting or utilizing those liberties. As a minister there are things that I “could” do, but they would tarnish or blind people to the real message I have to share. By Pope Francis removing or minimizing the trappings of the Papacy, he reveals the real posture that the Pope should have. To be regal and to be grand when those you serve are broken, poor and disadvantaged can be quite the juxtaposition.
Don’t Allow the Title to Change You. Pope Francis became the leader of the Catholic Church and has continued to do the things that got him to where he is. As a leader great titles may be bestowed upon you, CEO, COO, Executive Director, Managing Director, Regional Vice President, Bishop, Pastor, Doctor or Judge. Whatever the title is, do not allow the position to change the inner fabric of who you are. Humility and character can take us much further than pomp and circumstance. We have all encountered people that were fun to be around on Monday, were promoted on Tuesday and we were annoyed with them by Wednesday because they allowed their promotion to change them.
I’m continuing to watch Pope Francis. As people bristle at his simplicity, it is kind of refreshing to see someone who can assume such a noted position and not let it all go to his head.
Gratia et pax (Grace and Peace)