I espouse the truth as I find it in every religion. I believe with Aldous Huxley that there is a Perennial Philosophy which is THE COMMON GROUND OF ALL RELIGIONS. It is my ministry to put aside all differences and focus only on this commmon ground. So I welcome this man of faith, even though I may find some of the dogma of his church does not speak to me personnally (as far as Catholic dogma is concerned, I try to remain open because truth can often surprise, and pop up where you did not think you would ever find it, and when you were not expecting it).
I will pray for him to be a blessing for the whole world. It is said of him that he is a man of humility. I take great hope in this. My hope comes from the fact that I see all major world institutions in decline because they have become too rigid and only serve to separate. Out of this decline I believe we are aborning a new age. An Age of Humility (much more on this at a later time). An age in which each human heart will face every other human heart humbly. So it seems this humble man may be the right person at the right time. I pray it be so.
For now may I suggest we all, no matter our spiritual views, join Pope Francis in the Prayer of St. Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred - let me sow love,
Where there is injury - pardon,
Where there is doubt - faith,
Where there is despair - hope,
Where there is darkness - light,
Where there is sadness - joy,
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled - as to console,
To be understood - as to understand,
To be loved - as to love,
For it is in giving - that we receive,
It is in pardoning - that we are pardoned,
It is in dying - that we are born to eternal life.
Always envision the highest possibility.
Gene Ford Runnels