I follow Pope Francis on Twitter... and I'm not alone... millions and millions all over the world do. We all have our own reasons for following, but for me I use his tweets as a tool toward being a better mother. Weekly or even daily reminders help me internalize what is really most important.
According to the New York Times, "President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted." And even though Pope Francis does not write his own tweets, he does approve of the messages that go out. They usually come from his homilies, speeches, or official documents.
In his most recent LIFE magazine cover "Pope Francis in America, The Spirit of His Revolutionary Mission," it's evident his reach and presence in our world is undeniable. And with all that, still he is able to deeply touch me, just a regular mom, with his grace and love.
Just this week, this inspiring tweet: "God loves the lowly. When we live humbly, he takes our small efforts and creates great things." What a beautiful endorsement to teach our children how to try their best and be humble always.
His availability and message, to all of us, is so clear in pictures.
Here are a few of his most inspiring "parental" tweets that resonate with me:
"Dear parents, have great patience, and forgive from the depths of your heart."
"A great challenge: stop ruining the garden which God has entrusted to us so that all may enjoy it."
"Beware of getting too comfortable! When we are comfortable, it’s easy to forget other people."
"It is so important to listen! Husbands and wives need to communicate to bring happiness and serenity to family life."
"There is so much noise in the world! May we learn to be silent in our hearts and before God."
And I found this phrase in one of his homilies, which we all know we should do, but for some reason, coming from the Pope, it just seems so simple.
"A healthy family life requires frequent use of three phrases: 'May I? Thank you, and I'm sorry' and never, never, never end the day without making peace."
So as Pope Francis embarks on his journey to the U.S. and the anticipation builds, I humbly pray for a safe and successful trip for the People's Pope. Only hours ago he tweeted and asked for prayers.
"I ask you to join me in praying for my trip to Cuba and the United States. I need your prayers."