Everyone can use a hero. The really great ones were around before I was born or when I was too young to notice. You know, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Che Guevera, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, among others. I always longed for someone who would be that person in my time. President You-know-who has been a singular disappointment. He showed so much promise but has pretty much continued the status quo. Then came Saint Francis! Oops! Sorry! Pope Francis! I have finally gotten my hero - a real (repeat, "real") hero! Sorry, Michael Jordan. The Pope's New Year's Day message is that which finally did it for me. He knocked the ball out of the ball park with his recent Apostolic Exhortation, but I was still a bit wary. Well now I have found my man (Sorry. I mean male hero.). You can find the full text of his message here - Pope Francis' World Day of Peace Message. For those of you who do not like to read, I have written a summary of his message which I will be posting on Sunday. Go, Pope Francis!
[Photographic Art by Ric Couchman]