When Benedict XVI was elected, I marvelled that he “wrote all his own stuff”. Pope Francis too, only he doesn’t seem to both to write it down: from what I have seen, he speaks “ex corde” – straight from the heart. If he has a text, he doesn’t just wander from it – he seems at times to abandon it all together.
He has the same tendency to wander – or rather abandon altogether – his minders’ plans for where he will go and what he will do. Here we have a snapshot of the EWTN coverage of the Pope greeting people after his mass at St Anne’s yesterday. Notice the sheer joy on the face of the nun! Notice too the sheer determination of the minder to drag her away from him. If I were her, I would have been bloody annoyed at being man-handled like that, torn away from my pastor. But she “went away rejoicing” (Acts 8:39).
Mind you, Matthew 19:13 also came to mind.