He also cooks his own meals and gave up his chauffeured limousine in favour of taking the bus to work.Those who know Jorge Mario Bergoglio say that is shy and humble.Yet he is an intelligent intellectual, a man of principle and integrity. He lives what he preaches. He has a strength of will that supports his convictions. How many 76 year-old men would still hold out against a chauffeured smooth, quiet drive to work? Heck, do you know any 76 year-old who would continue to give up a cook, maid, etc to do all the cooking and housework themselves?
I just cannot hold back. I love Pope Francis I. Every time I think of him I start to smile, not a weak smile but one that grows wider and wider till joy reaches my heart and makes my eyes sparkle.
This man is God’s man for many reasons. Most importantly, he will touch ordinary people because he is a grassroots leader, who, although shy, is warm and approachable. He visits the slums regularly and does not simply breeze through. No, he is involved with their lives. His voice, body language, gestures all shout loudly that his humility and compassion are true, not put on or learned habits. Everything Bergoglio does or says reflects his core self
. Just look at his face. It speaks louder than any sermon he might give.
He might be considered shy in front of the press or huge formal gatherings but he is not afraid to stand up for injustice or corruption in the church. Last year he gave a strong exhortation to fellow church officials pointing out their hypocrisy for forgetting that Jesus Christ bathed lepers and ate with prostitutes. Again it was just last year that Bergoglio compared Catholic priests who refused to baptize the children of unwed mothers to the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.
“These are today’s hypocrites. Those who clericalize the Church,” he said, adding, Jesus teaches us another way. Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a man of conviction and courage who “walks the talk”. First Pope from the New World, first Jesuit, first man to take the name of Francis, a saint who gave all way to live poorly among the poor. This man will touch the hearts of the jaded and cynical with his action, words and deeds.