Pope Francis Takes the Bus
by Kaitlyn Clare Elizabeth Mason
A few years ago, I learned that Father Bergoglio personally canceled his newspaper subscription after becoming pope. He then returned his newspaper rubber bands to the shop. He had been collecting them for a while and did not want them to go to waste. This simple gesture invited me to start looking at the little things I threw away in a whole different light. Actually, I learned about this event right around the time that I first read the Gospel, and I went through quite a drastic shift in life at this time. Those of you who knew me personally around that time know what I’m talking about. Let’s just say a lot of things went to Goodwill…
You see, Father Bergoglio (or as he is better known now, Pope Francis) lives his life intentionally. He lives out the Gospel intentionally. And this is a beautiful thing. This world could use a whole lot more of the Gospel in action.
I anticipated that “Pope Francis Takes the Bus” by Rosario Carello would have an impact on my life.
I wasn’t quite prepared for just how much this book would stick with me. Long after putting it down, there were so many things to reflect upon. Father Bergoglio’s actions invite us to look more deeply at our own lives. His stories invite us to live with this same intentionality of living out the Gospel one moment at a time. I read this book slowly and carefully. There is much to take in.
I can’t delve into a lot of details about this book without spoiling the stories it holds! But these stories are captivating.
The book is laid out very well. Carello takes readers through the alphabet, sharing rich anecdotes corresponding to letters A-Z, one at a time, with warmth and great humor.
This book is written in an honest, charming, and almost whimsical way that makes it a fun and easy read. It would make an excellent gift, but you’ll want to get a copy for yourself, too!
P.S. God is merciful and He loves you! Pass it on…
Copyright 2016 Kaitlyn Mason