Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Genuine People vs. Religious Bigotry

Pope Francis Makes Great First Impression

This item is being re-posted due to the strong response that it has received.

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For those who choose not to be in whatever, we must allow them to believe in themselves...because that is who they are at the moment. However, everyone has the potential to be better. Time, effort and relentless persistence can change hearts. 

First impressions are always important in life. As a faithful Catholic I have not be deterred during the past decade, or so, as some others have. And that's not because I'm naive.

All large institutions have their problems, because human beings populate them. Hearing those who aren't Catholic offer their expert opinion about the church is something that I take with a grain of salt. 

Along those lines: Pope Francis truly appears to be a "Salt of the Earth" type of guy. His record with the poor is impeccable, his humble nature and rejection of the trappings of power is consistent and his election was smart for many reasons. 

One of those reasons involves the Cardinal electors wanting to refocus everyone's efforts where they should be: On the faith through the people. 

This man has already shown the potential to fulfill expectations. 
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