“There is a need for financial reform along ethical lines that would produce in its turn an economic reform to benefit everyone. This would nevertheless require a courageous change of attitude on the part of political leaders. I urge them to face this challenge with determination and farsightedness, taking account, naturally, of their particular situations. Money has to serve, not to rule!”
~~Pope Francis, Vatican City, May 16, 2013.~~
My dears, can you imagine anyone at Washington making even passing reference to the word ETHICS?
“I AM JUST LOOKING FOR AN HONEST MAN.”~~DIOGENES OF SINOPE MIGHT STOP IN TO VISIT POPE FRANCIS~~THE SERVANT TO THE SERVANTS OF MAN~~ WHO, GENIALLY AND GENTLY, SPEAKS TO US OF ETHICS~~
~~and, the klatch has had our eye on Francis even before he became, late, the Servant to the Servants of Man~~
Our advice to Francis is–as it has been–live as best you can an example of how Jesus lived. Emulate Jesus. Follow His lead~~consider always to be like Him as best you can~~
Servant in waiting. Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal of Argentina~~pictured washing the feet of the poor and the sick is now~~The Servant to the Servants of Man~~a role of awesome capacity to show the people how to live ethically in a pagan world~~and to live as best we all can~~as Jesus Himself lived His Own Blameless Life~~
We thank very much today Art of Legend India.Com for the following rendition and description of Diogenes of Sinope and here record and quote their work until noted cease quote~~
~~Diogenes of Sinope knew as well as anyone that finding an honest man ain’t easy at all, No, Sir~
GREEK PHILOSOPHER PORTRAIT PAINTING – International Great Heroes painting Style
DESCRIPTION: This beautiful Greek philosopher painting “Diogenes of Siope” of International Great Heroes painting style, depicts –
In this Greek philosopher painting Diogenes “the Cynic”, Greek philosopher, was born in Sinope (modern day Sinop, Turkey) about 412 BC (according to other sources 399 BC), and died in 323 BC at Corinth. Details of his life come in the form of anecdotes (“chreia”) from Diogenes in his book The Lives of Eminent Philosophers.
Diogenes of Sinope is said to have been a disciple of Antitheses, who (according to Plato’s Phaedo) was present at the death of Socrates. Diogenes, a beggar who made his home in the streets of Athens, made a virtue of extreme poverty. On a voyage to Aegina, he was captured by pirates and sold as a slave in Crete to a Corinthian named Xeniades. Being asked his trade, he replied that he knew no trade but that of governing men and that he wished to be sold to a man who needed a master.
We thank very much today Art of Legend India.Com for the foregoing rendition and description of Diogenes of Sinope and here record and quote their work noted cease quote~~ and we encourage the reader to patronize them as they do wonderful work~~
The story of Diogenes of Sinope now brings us back to Pope Francis–God’s servant to the servants of men–a simple man who takes his duty to serve~~most especially the poor ones~~ as an example to all of how Jesus would have us lead our own lives~~
Of which, this, late from the Sunday Telegraph of London~
Pope Francis made a startling confession on Friday — revealing that he never wanted to be the world leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
“I did not want to be Pope,” Francis told an audience of Jesuit students during a candid question-and-answer session at the Vatican, The Telegraph of London reported Friday.
Jokingly, he continued, “Someone who wants to be Pope does not really like themselves.”
The pontiff added there was a reason he had rejected living in a luxurious apartment at the Vatican, opting instead to reside in its modest residence hotel. “It would be bad and boring,” he explained.
Francis, 76, continued with a grin, “A professor asked me about this and I told him ‘Listen professor, it’s for psychiatric reasons.'”
During the same audience with the students, the Pope also condemned global poverty, labeling it a “scandal,” The Telegraph reported.
He told his young charges they must fight “the economic and social structures that enslave us,” and said Christians should become involved in politics because it was their “duty.”
“Lay Christians have to get stuck into politics. Politics is dirty, but maybe it’s dirty because Christians are not involved,” he said.
Francis is not the first pope to reveal he had no aspirations to head the church.
His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned Feb. 28, once said he had prayed to God not to be elected to the position.
“Evidently this time he didn’t listen to me,” Benedict quipped at the time.
According to The Telegraph, Pope Francis also revealed Friday that he will not spend the summer in the luxurious church palace in the hills of Castel Gandolfo, breaking a centuries-old tradition.
Instead, he will remain in Vatican City, in the Domus Santa Marta residence where he has lived in since March, his spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.
One reason that Popes usually leave Rome for the summer is the stifling and oppressively humid heat that envelopes the city for several months.
But on Sunday, Francis does plan to make a brief journey to Castel Gandolfo, where he’ll say a Sunday blessing.
We thank the Sunday Telegraph of London~~we will be keeping an eye on Francis as he appears to going good work as God’s servant to the servants of man~~would that there were more like him~~would that there were more~~
Rejoice and Glad!!
John Daniel Begg
Tuesday, 4th Juin, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013
~~Diogenes of Sinope was a bit of an eccentric~~but, then, who isn’t these days~~here he is pictured with his standard accouterments~~