As our Lifestyle blogger, I've asked Wal Ozello to provide some coverage on Pope Francis' historic visit to the U.S. Here's his thoughts on why this Pope is a rock star.
If Justin Bieber released a song the quality of Stairway to Heaven, you'd be justified to be surprised.
If Coach Urban Meyer started spouting love and admiration for the Wolverines and that state up North, your shock would be understood.
A WTF would be completely okay if you saw someone walking on the water during your early morning run along the Scioto River.
But no one should be astonished by Pope Francis' message or his actions during his trip to the U.S. In fact, we should have expected it.
As humans, we pick and chose what we want to believe is right and wrong. We end up justifying in our minds are our actions and beliefs. For example, we may stand against abortion and gay marriage and cite a few biblical quotes to support our beliefs but things like supporting immigration amnesty may be in direct conflict of our personal rules so we ignore the Catholic belief of "Love one another."
The fact of the matter is, the Pope doesn't have the luxury of believing in some of the teachings of Christ and ignoring the others. He must be the voice of Christ in today's world, challenging everyone he meets to act completely like Christ - not just how your perspective says you should. He know that you can't always get what you want, but I'm sure he prays that we all get what we need.
And if there's anyone that should have the truest perspective of what it means to be Christ-like, it's the Pope. And not just this Pope... any Pope.
Which is probably why we're surprised by Pope Francis' message... many of his recent predecessors have not been as outspoken as him. Some of them may not have carried the cross like Pope Francis does. And certainly some of them may have been more focused on the nuances of the rules, rather than the golden rule itself.
"Be nice to each other," sounds simple and it's easy. All you need is love.
The best thing we can do as Americans, whether your Catholic or not, is to listen to Pope Francis' messages and admire his actions.
The worse thing we can do is forget about him after he's gone.
Remember... "There are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on."
Wal Ozello is Music and Lifestyle contributor at pencilstorm.com. When he's not blogging about rock n roll or supporting others, he's writing science fiction novels. His suspense filled time-travel books, Assignment 1989, Revolution 1990, and Sacrifice 2086 can be found at Amazon.com.