Pope Francis vs the Miami Dolphins


Pope Francis took the time recently to do one simple thing that has now captivated the globe: He embraced and prayed with a man covered in tumors in St. Peter’s Square.

The encounter between the pontiff and the unnamed individual took place after Francis addressed his general audience, when the man approached the Catholic leader and asked to be blessed.

The man suffers from neurofibromatosis, which according to the Mayo Clinic is a “genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in your nervous system, causing tumors to form on nerve tissue.” It is not contagious.

While individuals with neurofibromatosis are sometimes shunned because of their appearance, Francis wasted no time kissing the man’s face, embracing him and offering up a blessing.


Since taking over as the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, the Pope has highlighted the need to reach out to the poor and afflicted.

"True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need," he tweeted.

And he is practicing what he preaches.

In one of our previous emails we talked about virtues and feelings …

Maybe Pope Francis did not “feel like” embracing this man. Maybe he “felt” scared or hesitant or worried.

But what has captivated the world is what he DID.

He displayed virtue: Compassion, Charity, Kindness, Courage, Empathy, Love, Humility, Selflessness …


We have also been blanketed by the coverage of the Miami Dolphins fiasco.

So many of the people defending Richie Incognito and/or blaming Jonathan Martin have mentioned the concept that Martin was not “man enough” … that he needs to “man up” … that he is not “tough enough.”

Their concept of “manhood” is substantially flawed.

I think a much better example of manhood is Pope Francis.

“Being a man” = being virtuous.

Being strong enough to do the right thing even when you may not feel like it, even when you are pressured or tempted to do the wrong thing … no matter who is watching. That is a man.

The idiocy coming from the Miami Dolphins locker room is anything but manhood.

We need our boys and young men to see what Pope Francis did and is doing. We need to show them THAT is manhood.

I want my own sons acting like Pope Francis, Not the Miami Dolphins.

Pope Francis is making the world better. What are the Miami Dolphins doing?

Let's create a real vision for sports, leadership and manhood in our board rooms, locker rooms and family rooms.

Virtue = Strength, Lou 
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