Francis the Hobbit

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of news stories about how Pope Francis really seeks to connect with Catholics all over the world. He enjoys interacting with them and goes to great lengths to impress upon the world that he really just prefers the simpler things in life. The world appears to have embraced him for this for reasons I’m not entirely sure I understand. But one thing has become clear to me–Pope Francis is very like a hobbit. Think about it: hobbits prefer the simpler things in life, don’t like to make a big fuss, and are more comfortable out of the spotlight than they are in it. If that doesn’t describe Pope Francis, I don’t know what does.

But I think it is a good thing that we have a hobbit for a Pope. The world always seems to get caught up in how big and grandiose something can be, and people forget about the simpler, humbler things in life, dismissing them as important. But they’re not. Quite often it is the simple, humble things that form the foundation of everyday life; if they were not there, our world would not have its basis. A lot of people tend to forget this, but thanks to Pope Francis, they are starting to remember again.


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