How NOT To Be A Christian

The list of people whose tweets I have sent directly to my phone as text messages is a short one.  It consists of my immediate family, and the Pope.

Pope Francis’ twitter schedule is usually such that his daily tweet goes out in the middle of the night in my timezone, so most days I get to wake up to read a text from the pope. (Not a bad way to start your day, by the way.)

Of all of the Pope’s tweets I have received, this one from last Fall is up there among my favorites:


There is a tendency to place ourselves and our ambitions at the center of our lives.  This is very human, but it is not Christian.

Right to the heart.  Or maybe closer to the ego.  You’ll have to forgive me, sometimes I am guilty of confusing the two.

We are living at a time when we are encouraged to be selfish.  Sometimes in plain English, (“Your 20s are your selfish years…”), other times maybe a bit more subtly, (“You do you”).

Thankfully, we have a pope who reminds us this is not the call of the Christian.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly need that reminder!