The Pope behind bars: Leading by example!
Pope Francis provided a beautiful tutorial for religious leaders last week. And really, for all people of all faiths. Our pastors and rabbis and faith community leaders learned that it’s OK to talk about global warming, global economy, feeding the poor, and (gasp) caring about prisoners! Nay, not only OK…but essential! My heart was touched when he not only paid a visit to prison (as did our President recently), but took time to shake individual hands, and then to speak to the inmates. His message to prisoners was a simple one: This time in your life can only have one purpose: to give you a hand in getting back on the right road, to give you a hand to help you rejoin society. All of us are part of that effort, all of us are invited to encourage, help and enable your rehabilitation. His message to you and me was equally as simple, and profound: Jesus invites us to share in his lot, his way of living and acting. He teaches us to see the world through his eyes. Eye