Intentionally, I don’t have any cable or access to any live television.  Instead I have Apple TV where I select what I’m interested in and the little box searches the web for it and then plays it.  It’s perfect for me because it has no commercials and I can’t easily get introduced to new shows or whatever– If I don’t know what to watch I should be doing something else anyway.  I can go weeks or even a month without turning it on however with the Pope in America I wanted to catch a glimpse.  I’ve been relatively convinced that we’re not actually hearing the Pope’s true heart– he just seemed too awesome for someone leading such an organized institution.  I had surmised that in light of declining membership somehow they had landed on what might be the greatest public relations agency in history and were simply executing a brilliant campaign to win the hearts and minds of a new generation. ( see how wounded my judgmental mind is!? ugg!)

Because of the way this Apple TV works, within moments I had a hundred news clips lined up of the Pope and all the various news he created for the day.  The box gives you an option of playing them in a cycle uninterrupted and so for the evening I had seemingly endless stories of the Pope.

I believe we rarely get the full truth from people and I try hard to not make judgement based on just the what I hear– instead I  try to make it on what I feel from the people in combination with what I hear.  I’ve voted for numerous people who I simply felt a connection with and trusted, sometimes regardless of their politics.

Within 2 minutes I felt the authenticity of this Pope.  He very well may have some PR team but he couldn’t fake what I felt from him.  His words are what I want to hear but his sincerity is exactly what I want to feel and what the world so desperately needs.

“Life is a journey. When we stop, things don’t go right.”

“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.”

“We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.”

“We all have the duty to do good.”

Tonight we did our Loving-kindness Chant and transferred merits to the Pope in honor of all the love he’s adding to the world.

Sabbe Satta  ( May all beings )

Avera Hontu ( Be free from danger )

Sabbe Satta ( May all beings )

Abyapajja Hontu ( Be free from mental suffering )

Sabbe Satta ( May all beings )

Anigha Hontu ( be free from all physical suffering )

Sabbe Satta  ( May all beings )

Sukhi Attanam Pariharantu ( take care of themselves happily )