Why America Needs Pope Francis

Millennial co-founder Christopher Hale has a new article at Time. He writes:

From the start of his pontificate and throughout his entire life as a priest and bishop, Francis has called upon his people to take up the identity of the excluded, to wear their sufferings, and to walk in their footsteps. He asks us to discover our own failures and our contributions to injustices in our families and communities. Only from this personal and national examination of conscience will we be able to experience full joy and transformation.

Yet we risk being so enthralled by Pope Francis that we don’t hear him begging us to change: “The life of a Christian disciple requires growth and change,” Jonathan Lewis, the coordinator of evangelization and young adult initiatives for the Archdiocese of Washington writes. “A God that does not make us uncomfortable is no god at all.”

As the American people greet Pope Francis this week with parades, ceremonies, and festivals, we too must have the courage to listen to him—particularly his words and actions that make us uncomfortable. If we open our ears and—more important—our hearts, we will hear Francis’s invitation to discern a different path forward for ourselves and our nation. It’s an invitation that goes beyond creed or faith, but for everyone who wants to find the fullest measure of living.

The full article can be read here.