How nice to be Catholic, huh?
To be sure, the kill-joys on the blogosphere have not really killed my enthusiasm, simply tempered it. It is a good lesson in spiritual detachment actually. Vain rejoicing in spiritual goods and seeking spiritual consolations is not virtue - so it is good to have it taken away - the more viciously the better. Joy that is not 'felt' is better. Spiritual poverty after all, is what I've been referring too these past few days, not the 'romantic poverty' of the comfortable and self-righteous.
So anyway, I can't help but continue to find Pope Francis an extremely fascinating figure. He has caused quite a stir, proving a threat to many, as well as a triumph for others. The Holy Father has confounded us all, hasn't he... not a question.
I'll keep writing about him until - he dies, I suppose. Hopefully I can be more objective - and more nitpickingly negative about him in the process.
Everyone is watching him, every move he makes, every 'for the many' he says. They watched Christ closely too... looking for a way to trap him. I'm not sure many outside the temple precincts critiqued the way Christ dressed however. Of course, Christ criticized the pharisees with their wide phylacteries and stuff, so chances are they didn't think much of his clothes either - and don't forget, his disciple didn't wash their hands - tacky.
To be honest, I've noticed Francis is kind of a mess - the way he dresses, I mean. I can see the tails of his shirt through the soutane, I see his black pants - and those black shoes. When I was a Trappist, I thought the black shoes didn't look as well with the novices habit as they did with the professed - the black scapular more or less completed the ensemble. So my novice master let me wear 'Earth' shoes instead - they were brown. (And people ask me, "How did you know you didn't have a vocation?")
Someday soon, I will not be surprised to see the Pope working in his shirtsleeves and black pants - perhaps even out for a stroll in the gardens dressed like that.
Hopefully tailors will be able to fit the soutane/simar/cassock better, even line it so we don't see the black pants, and get that cummerbund/fascia thing pulled in tighter. Or do some sit-ups - it just looks sloppy. His posture isn't exactly perky either - stand up straight so the lines of the vestments are sharp and elegant. Shoes - I keep thinking about red shoes - my heart breaks. However, JPII wore brown shoes and black sometimes, so I'm not sure that's a big deal. In other words, I might be able to get over it. Although, I think because the Pope looks sloppy in white, he could maybe just wear black - why not? Oh. I suppose not.
New glasses might look nice too. I'm thinking Johnny Depp style - they are not exactly brand new, so he couldn't be charged with being too hip if he wore them.
Bad guys and ne'er-do-wells.
BTW - I saw some video of the people in the slums the Pope used to hang out with. Disgusting. They were fat and sloppy, bad teeth, crummy clothes, and their chapel was a shambles - so dirty. Ick! I think they were faking it too - just too lazy to work and dress better. The Pope was washing the feet of people with ripped jeans and dirty t-shirts, I couldn't believe they were at Mass dressed that way. So filthy.
Anyway - that's my critique of the Holy Father's every day wear and the people he slummed with, I hope people who dislike him are pleased that I can say something negative about him. One last comment, I noted a few commenters on another blog who said that this love of poverty thing and humble way of acting is just a put on by the Pope... Not sure how they know that, but I'm pretty dumb.
I wonder what's up with that Cardinal Mahony bitch, huh? What's that a--hole saying now? Why they should get a rope and ...
Ooooo! It's still Lent...
God bless you all!
We love you family,
Bob and Penny Lord
We need something shiny and new!
Disclaimer: This post contains sarcasm, irony, and parody. I truly love the new Pope.
Photo: Cardinal Bergoglio faking it in a slum outside Buenos Aires: In this undated picture courtesy of Argentine journalist Sergio Rubin, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (L) visits a shantytown in Buenos Aires. Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Photograph by: SERGIO RUBIN , AFP/Getty Images