I am not religious. I am a spiritual person, but organized religion is just not my thing. I don’t like the idea that someone else is better qualified to talk to God/Goddess/Spirit on my behalf. So it is surprising to me that I was truly moved by something I saw about the Pope this week. So much so that it actually brought tears to my eyes and I wanted to share it with you. Video Here.
I am so thankful that the world has a religious leader who recognizes that a grieving child needs more than platitudes. I am amazed that he shared the same sentiment with this child that I have always felt to be true. If:
- We are the children of God, made in God’s image and
2. I, as a parent, know that there is nothing my children could do that would make me sentence them to eternal damnation.
Then it stands to reason that God would feel the same way about us.
To have the head of the Catholic church both see and freely admit that is both surprising and wonderful. It gives me a little hope for humanity… as long as I don’t read all the comments below the video which say that he is acting against God in saying that.
I choose to believe in a God that is better than me. If I can forgive and understand that education is more important than punishment, then God should be even better at those things that I am.
If you look at the prison systems in places like Norway, where only 75 out of 100,000 people are incarcerated and of those, only 20% return to jail after release. (Compare that to the US which sees 707 of every 100,000 incarcerated and a 76.6% rate of recidivism.) You can see that Norway’s system of “restorative justice” is a more effective way of handling crime than the US’s punishment based system.
Given that God knows all, we can assume that his system would be even better than Norway’s.
But I digress… the point of this post is that I was encouraged to see a religious leader behaving in a truly spiritual manner. Sadly, I think that’s pretty rare.
What have you seen recently that has led you to believe there might still be hope for mankind? What has inspired you?