Pope Francis has said a lot since taking hold of Peter’s keys.
His remarks about gays, atheists, and other hot-button topics have kept everyone (and I mean everyone) talking.
A favorite headline among Catholic bloggers is now, “Did Pope Francis Really Say __________? 10 Things to Know!”
But some of the things — arguably the most important things — are rarely mentioned at all.
The evils of clericalism.
Solidarity with the poor.
And perhaps most significant: the obligation to be a missionary of the Gospel.
Most of us are bound and determined not to be Saints.
Oh sure, we’re generally good people.
We don’t wake up and declare, “I refuse to be holy today. Sorry, God.”
We just don’t start each day with the conviction to practice virtue either.
Quick! Recall three of the most influential Catholics to have ever lived.
Mother Teresa? Thomas More? Francis of Assisi?
Whomever you chose, it’s a good bet they rank right up there with these Catholic Greats.
But have you ever asked yourself why they are so “great?” What is it about them that makes the Church sit up and say, “Hey everyone, look at her! Look at him!”…and we all do?
The reason is simple.
They were transformed.