Schlepping home in time for
Shrove Tuesday pancakes.
|Take a page from my book...|
If you want to know, yes, at first I offered an inner 'you GO, Pope Francis!' My smug response quickly dissolved when I started to read the list of diseases. You see, following Jesus, the pope is offering something to all of us. If we don’t see ourselves in some of those diseases, then perhaps we are missing the point."
It is the disease of people who are 'scowling and unfriendly and think that, in order to be serious, they must show a melancholic and strict face and treat others -- especially those, whom they think are inferior -- with rigidity, harshness and arrogance.'In reality, adds the Pope, 'theatrical strictness and sterile pessimism are often symptoms of fear and insecurity about themselves. The apostle must strive to be a polite, serene, enthusiastic and joyful person...'. Francis invites people to be full of humour and self-irony; 'How beneficial a healthy dose of humour can be!'