Recently, Pope Francis addressed Congress of the USA. In his address, he gave very good and important points.
Though his purpose for coming to America was rather obvious – a political visit to promote global unity, religious unity, environmental protection and progress, transference of wealth and of course, caring for the poor.
Let me also establish the fact that I am not an endorser of the Pope in any way, shape or form, from a biblical standpoint – yet there were some remarks that were worth noting.
Not only did he try to encourage and mobilize our nation towards a certain global-political path, but also reminding us of our heritage.
In his closing remarks, Francis said: “In these remarks I have sought to present some of the richness of your cultural heritage, of the spirit of the American people. It is my desire that this spirit continue to develop and grow, so that as many young people as possible can inherit and dwell in a land which has inspired so many people to dream.”
Within his speech there are some points he made that I’d like to highlight: Here are
6 Progressive Vital Tweaks He Gave Congress and You to adhere to:
1. “Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility.”
Without a doubt, you and I were placed on this earth to live and lead with purpose. You were not placed in this earth by accident or simply by nature - rather by purpose. Thus the reason for The reBranded Life.
I want to emphasize to all my readers, that there is a God in heaven, moving earth – making room just for you.
You have a quality, a plan, and a purpose that only you can fulfill and no one else. With that plan and purpose comes a responsibility that will be reflected in our social environment.
2. “Moses provides us with a good synthesis of your work: you are asked
to protect, by means of the law, the image and likeness fashioned by God on every human face.”
Boy I sure wish Congress would adhere to this one! To the Pope, Congress reminds him of the job Moses had - that of a lawgiver and one who protected the nation from destruction.
The truth is, government was designed by God to protect us from outside threats and danger, and assist us in moving forward in the right direction – righteously and in unity as “one nation under God.”
3. “A good political leader is one who, with the interests of all in mind, seizes the moment in a spirit of openness and pragmatism. A good political leader always opts to initiate processes rather than possessing spaces.”
I don’t want to throw any punches here, but was he directing this statement to one leader in particular? Whether he was or not, we can all adhere to this leadership statement.
A good leader leads others towards their potential, their dreams, and their purpose in life. A good leader is a good coach. One who makes room for others to advance, not one who dominates, controls and manipulates someone else’s way of being with the thought in mind of “what’s in it for me” sort to speak.
4. “Politics is, instead, an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share, in justice and peace, its goods, its interests, its social life. I do not underestimate the difficulty that this involves, but I encourage you in this effort”
Is that really what politics are for? Please, somebody slap me upside the head and wake me up! “an expression of our compelling need to live as one… that of a community which sacrifices particular interest in order to share, in justice and peace...” Seriously?
I thought politics were about fights, competition, advancement and manipulation and eventually lies. What else have we seen in the last 30 years of politics in the good ole USA?
Truth is that in order to build the greatest common good for a strong country, a strong community, a strong family and a strong church, we need to live in unity. Not always in 100% agreement, but 100% in putting others' interests ahead of ours, in peace, love and justice.
As the Pope said: “I don’t underestimate the difficulty that this involves, but I encourage you in this effort.” A difficult effort is right – but one well worth the time.
With our family and our church, I’ve learned that when we put our interests ahead of others, in the spirit of servitude, we have been blessed by receiving and advancing in the very thing and area we wanted in the first place. Somehow the law of sowing and reaping gets put in motion when such heart-felt attitude is implemented.
It’s funny how this has been probably the main area where my wife and I argue the most. We try to beat each-other(not literally) in serving one another. In other words, I try to do things for her before she gets to it, and vice versa. It’s cool to do that. It helps us appreciate each other in different ways by relieving the burden we each have to carry. Servanthood breads unity and it trains the kids for their future.
5. “Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us. The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.”
I the same vein as #4, we are reminded to do unto others as we want others do unto us. A great principle to live by, adhere to, and practice in the home, at work, at church and around
6. “I am happy that America continues to be, for many, a land of “dreams”. Dreams which lead to action, to participation, to commitment. Dreams which awaken what is deepest and truest in the life of a people.”
I am a firm believer that people that come to our country or move from one country to another (even as Missionaries do) move for one reason only – in the pursuit of their dreams.
For some is just the dream to have more and become something in life. To others, a major move of such magnitude is to pursue their God-Given vision, or calling in life.
I can’t help but say it again; you and I are here for a purpose. Our purpose is not to simply occupy space and matter – it’s rather to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.
We are here to do or fulfill that which others need. In the process we succeed. Fact of the matter is – I need you and you need me. That’s the way it is – and that my friend is why we live and move.
In addition, having a dream is good, but that dream needs goals to accomplish it. The dream won’t accomplish itself. I know that and you know that.
That’s why my wife and I have crafted a vision (which includes goal setting) for our marriage, our family, our business and each one of our four kids. This type of vision and dream crafting has been the vehicle that has taken us to where we’re at today – without it we would’ve never made it this far.
Though his visit to our country was more political than it was religious, yet some of his remarks to Congress were worth taking to heart.
On a later article I will share the truth about a religious point that Pope Francis erroneously made during his speech at the Cathedral. I was floored when he said that he said a specific statement
Meanwhile, I hope that these 6 Progressive Vital Tweaks He Gave Congress and You to adhere to reminds you of part of your purpose - your "why" - the reason you are you!
I wonder: What else did you get out of the Pope's speech to Congress? Please, give your comments below.
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Alex Colón, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Teacher, Pastor, Blogger and best of all, Husband and Father of 4. Living the re-Branded life