The kindest gesture

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    The kindest gesture

    Something positive for once. Pope Frances embraces a man who suffers from a terribly disfiguring disease, sometimes known as "Elephant Man" disease.

    Can you imagine the loneliness, isolation and sadness this man must live with every day of his life? To have the Pope openly embrace him and treat him with such kindness must have meant a lot to him.



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    I've been following with great interest the news stories surrounding Pope Francis. He really walks the walk from what I've been seeing. And I respect what he did to the Bishop of Bling.
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    It is a great story JL , I really love this Pope he seems like the real deal . I can only hope and pray i can be a better person and learn from him .
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    If only I had the strength of faith that Pope Francis has, he is truly an example of how a Christian should behave


    and I like how the bishop of bling's $40 million mansion is now a soup kitchen and homeless shelter
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    Christian or not, Catholic or not - we all can recognize an act of great compassion when we see it - which lifts us all up.
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    There is amazing strength, compassion and hope in the simplest of acts. Holding the man's hand and listening to him, telling him he's loved and respected ... it'll work with most folks. But I'll bet this guy doesn't get that a lot, on a daily basis.

    I admire Pope Francis the more I hear of his simple ways. Back to basics, goin' "natural." Nice to see, after so many decades (centuries?) of outright falseness with so much of "the persona" of the office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    There is amazing strength, compassion and hope in the simplest of acts. Holding the man's hand and listening to him, telling him he's loved and respected ... it'll work with most folks. But I'll bet this guy doesn't get that a lot, on a daily basis.

    I admire Pope Francis the more I hear of his simple ways. Back to basics, goin' "natural." Nice to see, after so many decades (centuries?) of outright falseness with so much of "the persona" of the office.
    Yes, simplicity and humbleness - an island of sanity in our world of constant complicating issues, schedules, complicated language that hides meanings instead of revealing them: and the constant need for THINGS: cell phones, smartphones, latest cars, huge houses, making money, money, money getting promotions and on and on. A very noisy and complex world, makes you nervous, unsettled - and sometimes causes you to act badly towards your fellows on the planet.

    How refreshing to see this simple gesture of love and kindness for a poor person diseased and disfigured through no fault of his own, his aching loneliness and self-consciousness gone for a few moments as a holy man tenderly touches what disgusts others. Francis looked and saw beyond the disfigured appearance and was aware only of a suffering man who needed the simplest of help, a place to lay his weary head for a few moments and feel the soft caress of compassion from an all-loving man. I'm sure the poor man will never forget that caress for all of his days. I won't forget it soon either. It gives me a value to aspire to though I can only get so far towards it in this life. But seeing what's important in our short lives is a great lesson.
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    What a classy guy!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanlouise View Post
    Something positive for once. Pope Frances embraces a man who suffers from a terribly disfiguring disease, sometimes known as "Elephant Man" disease.

    Can you imagine the loneliness, isolation and sadness this man must live with every day of his life? To have the Pope openly embrace him and treat him with such kindness must have meant a lot to him.



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    I think the new pope will change the perception of the Catholic Church. It needs some updating. The world is changing, for better or worse, and the church needs to keep up with it. He is a breath of fresh air in that aspect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    If only I had the strength of faith that Pope Francis has, he is truly an example of how a Christian should behave
    He is an example of how EVERYONE should behave.
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