I find myself enthralled with Pope Francis. I am in awe that we are witnessing history with the first Jesuit Pope. I am excited he is a Jesuit, and he shares the spirituality that feeds my faith life the most- Ignatian Spirituality. The Jesuits have been such an important part of my formation. Daily, I am touched by St. Ignatius and his order by working for a Jesuit Organization, Charis Ministries.
I am moved by the fact that he took the name Francis and by his simple gestures of humility in his first few days: bowing for our blessing, asking for our prayers, pausing for a moment of silence, riding back on the bus with other cardinals, going to pay his bill in person at the hotel, and on and on. Pope Francis seems to be a man of the people.
Below is a video of why he chose the name Francis. He captures his emotions and fear about when he it was getting “dangerously close” to him becoming Pope. I love that he is so human and real!