Pope Francis is expected in our neck of the woods at the end of this month.
Many will have to strain their necks just to get a glimpse of him in person based on current plans.
Obviously those in charge are charged with protecting the Pope the best they can. And that’s a good thing. However most folks here have found the large area being “locked down” before, during and after his appearances is going to inconvenience many people who don’t have any interest in the visit and/or are just trying to get to work, run their businesses …live their lives. (People should not have to sleep overnight at work because they can’t come back the next day for example) The locations for these events are unfortunately designed for nice photo-ops more than an opportunity to nicely honor religious beliefs.
Ironically last Friday Pope Francis was quoted as saying “Gossiping is like terrorism because the person who gossips is like a terrorist who throws a bomb and runs away, destroying. With their tongue they are destroying and not making peace.”
Ironically it is that very fear of what we generally consider a terrorist that will not only keep the Pope from walking among the masses but likely will also make some devoted followers feel they are not even in the same zip code.
Then again I did find this in my Daily Devotional as I turned the page to September:
“A real Christian is the one who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.”
Words to live by regardless of our Faith…and ones we should encourage the passing on as well.