A Few Notes Before I Begin:
- I usually do not post anything regarding religion or politics because I know it can lead to controversy, which leads to things like ad hominem, arguments, etc.
- I do not like ad hominem, arguments, etc. I am writing this post in a happy, positive light, which is supposed to be the vibe of this blog. That being said, please keep any and all comments respectful.
I originally wanted this to be a Facebook post, but then I realized it would just be too wordy and people would stop reading after the second or third paragraph. So here I am writing a blog post.
All week, I have been following Pope Francis’s visit to the United States, and I have been greatly moved by the impact he has had. I’m pretty certain I cried every segment that I watched because I was so overcome with compassion as the Holy Father reached out to those of all different backgrounds, regardless of religion, race, or socioeconomic status. His humility and kindness towards others is definitely a breath of fresh air that this world is desperately in need of. He also takes Matthew 25: 35-40 to heart, which has been prominent throughout his journey as he showed care for the sick, the disabled, the immigrants, the homeless, and the imprisoned. I also loved how he was filled with joy and wasn’t afraid to crack a couple of jokes during his address at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The Holy Father is an embodiment of how I want others to see the Church (and Christianity in general)–filled with joy, humility, and compassion for others.
I am Catholic and try my best to live my faith, even though I do not consider myself traditional by any means. I am not perfect either and I have my struggles and weaknesses (because that’s what makes us human, right?). However, Pope Francis’s visit has inspired me to become a better person in general. A person who is kinder and has more compassion for others.
But I hope I am not the only one who has been inspired by his visit to America.
I hope that any of you who have followed the Pope’s journey, regardless of religious or political views, will open their eyes more to the world around them and see what they can do to help others who are in need. While it may not make you want to convert to Catholicism, I hope that it will teach you to be a kinder, more humble person. Also, I hope that the leaders of our nation and our world will open their eyes as well to put others before themselves. In addition, regardless of your views on climate change, we should already be making an effort to take care of the environment around us. We need to come together to make not just America, but the world a better place.
Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, this isn’t a change that will happen overnight, or in a week, or in a month. It will be a slow gradual change that will take time. But the good news is that we can start now. Go volunteer at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, animal shelter, or any nonprofit/charity in general. Visit a nursing home or a hospital. Ask someone how their day is. Give someone a smile because they might be having a bad day and probably need it. It’s out of our own human nature that we should show compassion towards others.
One last thing–if and when you do these things, don’t do it for yourself. Do it to bring happiness and dignity to others. It doesn’t have to be anything grandiose. As Pope Francis said during the Philadelphia mass, “Love is shown by little things.” And it is sometimes the smallest things that can have the biggest impact.
The theme of the Pope’s U.S. visit was “Love Is Our Mission”. And love should always be our mission. Not just during the six days of his journey, but every single day. So let’s come together and work to make that happen.
A Papa Francisco, ¡muchas gracias por su visita a los Estados Unidos! ¡Dios le bendiga y vuelve pronto, por favor! 🙂
And to my fellow Americans, God bless America!