Lovin’ me some Pope Francis

Yeah, I know – gazillions of other people of many faiths have written about how much they admire and enjoy wapopetching Pope Francis humbly walk his talk and upend conservative rigidities at a dizzying pace, and all with a genuinely kind smile and light touch. He’s like the Superpope.

I love the way he employs compassionate boundary transgressions to model and teach higher meaning. I love the way he puts compassionate understanding towards all kinds of people first and doctrinaire impulses second.

I love his combination of spiritual audacity and humility.

I love that he’s pissing off the people who he’s pissing off, and I love that he seems to be having fun being this kind of pope. pope 2

I love his fearlessness, or serene acceptance, of the obvious fact that reactionary forces may try to kill him if he doesn’t dial it back.

He is bad-ass without being violent. He is interested in learning from people and he sees the divine spark in others, including people of other faiths.

He has a lovely, living sense of ongoing wonder at life.

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He’s real and sweet with children, and he’s also able to use the prophetic voice to call on humanity to address global warming and sustainability.

And he’s a real mentsch – check this out:

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