Here’s a thought for Aug. 2

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

The universal appeal of Pope Francis I

The universal theory of leadership is the belief that there are certain traits that contribute to leadership effectiveness in all situations. The elements to this theory are personal characteristics, behaviors and skills. Accordingly, the leader has to have several traits to become an effective leader. First of all, an effective leader has to have a vision about how organization could or should be the in the future. Secondly, the leader needs to have self-confidence to become an effective leader, because if the leader has great ideas without confidence in himself, he will not achieve anything. Also, an effective leader needs to have great skills of communication to convince others to follow him. Additionally, an effective leader needs to have humility when he treats people. Even though, the leader has great ideas, often most of the ideas come from someone else. As a result, the leader has to surround himself with those people who have those ideas.

Speaking from a white stage on the sands of Copacabana on Sunday, Pope Francis urged a crowd estimated at 3 million people to go out and spread their faith “to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent.”

“The church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you!” he said to applause in his final homily of World Youth Day festivities.

Later Sunday, he issued a more pointed message to the region’s bishops, telling them to better look out for their flocks and put an end to the “clerical” culture that places priests on pedestals – often with what Francis called the “sinful complicity” of lay Catholics who hold the clergy in such high esteem, a thought echoed by many other denominations for their ministers, leaders and pastors and the complicity of their people.

As Catholics, we look to our universal leader, the Vicar of Christ, as do many other religions throughout the world to give direction and vision of the universality of the church throughout the world, building the Kingdom of God. Many would agree that he is a humble man of great confidence and vision with great hope for the future.