This monk up in the North Woods has been laid low. Last Thursday (7th) I had a hip replacement on my left hip. It was about time. Now for the recover process. So my blogs will be much shorter. It takes me time to think through what I want to say. I don’t want to slow down in getting something out each week. For any man who reads this blog, I want you to know that I am committed this work. I did not choose this avenue of ministry. For me it is a calling. As long as I know there are a few men out there who benefit from this blog, I will stay motivated.
Any way, this last week I was able to take in the election of the new Catholic Pope, Pope Francis. I considered this to have been a special time for myself, as I entered into the life of the Catholic Church. You, men must know that I am not Catholic with some concerns and questions about doctrine. Yet I have, however, tasted deeply of the spiritual life of the Catholic spiritual tradition. I am not one of those evangelicals who completely “writes off” the Catholic Church. We can learn from each other. I think in the days to come we will need each other to combat the rapid rise of ” hostile secularism.”
As some of you may recall, I believe God is calling men to “fight the good fight of faith” in new ways. I have said that we are to wage subversive warfare with the weapon of love and humility. The Way of Jesus is a minority path, opposed in our cultural environment. With that in mind here are four observations I have taken away regarding Pope Francis that relates to the subversive battle we are waging. First, the pope is a sincere follower of Jesus. He has already said that “Jesus in head of the church. Second, this pope is a humble man. He lived in a small apartment and took the bus to work. Thirdly, he is also a simple man. He took the name “Francis” for Saint Francis of Assisi. Fourthly, Pope Francis has a heart for the poor. This is counter-cultural and subversive. We will be hearing a lot more about this pope in the days to come.