This Pope is Great for Christianity and Catholicism


Now, first things first. This family is not Catholic. The Pope is not the leader of our church. We don’t subscribe to the beliefs of Catholics. We’re not ‘shilling for our team’. This post is one of genuine appreciation for the things that the current Pope has done, and also for his rhetoric.

The current Pope, Pope Francis, has done a remarkable job. He’s almost single handedly reformed the image of the Catholic church, and by extension Christianity in general (many non religious people equate the two, which isn’t all that surprising – just like many non-Muslims don’t really know the difference between Sunni and Shia). He’s the first Pope in a long time who’s presented a positive, forward thinking, loving outlook of the world. Certainly, he’s championed the principles laid down by Jesus better than his two predecessors, who presumably were too busy protecting dodgy priests to do anything worthwhile.

Here’s a list of things that Pope Francis has said or done that make this family proud:

  • He’s not afraid to point out the flaws he sees in the world. He understands that Jesus was always a champion of the weak, the disenfranchised, and the poor, and he follows in those footsteps. He sees that unbridled capitalism has the potential to leave people behind, and he’s not afraid to say it. In the US, there are far too many self-professed Christians who balk at paying more tax in order to support the poor and the needy. It’s good to see a Pope who’s willing to speak on this issue and point out the hypocrisy of being a Christian who isn’t willing to give back tot he disenfranchised.
  • He got rid of some of the luxuries of the office. The Pope Mobile, for example – that silly little car that the last pope used to ride around – is not used by the Pope Francis. Not only does he speak out on important issues, he leads by example – eschewing privileges like the aforementioned car and even turned down the traditional, rather lavish living quarters of the Pope in favor of a smaller, more modest apartment.
  • He expects his subordinates to also behave modestly, and has been cracking down on lavish spending within the church. He disciplined a German Bishop who spent $3 million on a courtyard, and has officially told church officials to dress more modestly, and eschew expensive clothing (and idiotic red Prada slippers).
  • He portrays the kind of humility that one would expect from a true Christian. Never forget that Christianity begun as the underdog, and was at the outset primarily about helping the helpless. Francis demonstrated these qualities when, on a trip to a Juvenile detention center in Italy, washed and kissed the feet of a number of the minors being detained there. This is truly a man of God – a man who truly believes that he is not fit to judge others, and who demonstrates his humility even amongst people who society would consider far below him.

It’s been a really long time since I remember there being a Pope who I genuinely thought attempted to follow the example that Jesus laid down for us. It seems that Pope Francis is such a man, and regardless of whether he shares my specific faith, I applaud him for his excellent work so far, and for truly being a good Christian/Catholic.



Welcome to our brand new site!

New Age to Grace is a blog about religion, faith, and god. We’ll use this blog as a platform to discuss the Bible, to share ideas about religion and Christ, and to just talk about faith in general. We’ll also talk about things that are going on in our lives – the challenges we face, the people we meet. The experiences we have in church. The books we’re reading. Basically, everything and anything is on the table on this blog, but we will try and relate everything back to the big man upstairs. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘God works in mysterious ways’. This is often said to people when bad things happen in life – but it’s equally true with the mundane. The wonder we feel when we watch a sunset; the joy we feel when we see parents playing with their kids in a playground; the melancholy that comes to us on a cold, dreary winter day – all of these experiences can help strengthen the connection to our lord and savior, if we only stopped to think about them a bit.

To start off with, we’re just going to introduce ourselves briefly. We won’t give away any personal details, but we’ll give you an outline of where we’re coming from so that you can get to know us a bit better. We’re a family of four, all devout Christians and churchgoers. Our family consists of the parents (happily married for 30 years now), one son, and one daughter, ages 19 and 14 respectively. Right now, the person writing is the Dad of the family, but this blog will serve as a vehicle for anybody in the family to write about pretty much anything they want. Other than our shared faith, each member of the family is actually quite different – I work in construction, and my wife works as a caterer. Our daughter is still in school obviously, and our son just started college, but he also works as a freelance web designer on the side (this blog was actually his idea – he keeps saying that ‘everybody should know how to use the internet’, and me and my wife think he’s using this blog as a way to train our computing abilities).

We live in the great state of California. While we’re all Christians, we’re probably not what you would call ‘typical’ Christians. We take our faith very seriously, and because we take it seriously, we question everything. We don’t accept the words of men as the word of god – and what that means is that when someone like Newt Gingrich talks about ‘Family Values’, we’re automatically skeptical. Basically, we interpret religion and god very differently than what is typical in this country, and when public figures tell us that we should think or feel a certain way just because we’re Christians, we immediately question it.

So, that’s a little bit of our background and our thoughts on faith. And that’s all I’m going to write for this first post.

Until next time, I leave you with this:

Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven”