Sunday, July 21, 2013
The latest example of this was when the 76-year-old Argentine Pontiff ordered church bosses to remove a life-size statue of him from the garden of his former cathedral in Buenos Aires.
Apparently, he was "horrified" on finding out about the tribute, which has become a popular tourist attraction in the weeks since it was installed.
"Get that thing down immediately," he reportedly told the priest responsible in an angry telephone call.
This particular instance of humility took me a while to come around to accepting. My initial reaction was that people love and admire him; and a statue is a fitting tribute. The more I thought about it, however, the more I realized that his reaction is justified. The best way we can show our appreciation of him is by following his example. Granted, this approach to life is not always easy in a world that values superstars, victories and wealth. It's much easier to erect a statue and call it good!
While the fate of the statue, (which, was created by sculptor Fernando Pugliese, who has also produced casts of Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa) is now not known, I think the destiny of this Pope is. It's apparent in the long line of incidents that show Pope Francis, the head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, as a loving,humble man and one heck of a great pope.