When he was presented with a gift of a white-painted, special edition Lamborghini Huracan, which sells for around 180,000 euros, perfectly matched his white cassock, the Pope rejected it.
Instead he announced that the vehicle will be auctioned at the proceeds to go to three of his favoured charities.
In a materialistic world we live in, where poverty and inequality is the hallmarks of what describes the world, leaders and people who display what Pope Francis did are in limited supply.
This is a classing example of doing work that matters, work that impacts others, that changes them for the better.
New Year’s resolutions rarely work, because good intentions don’t often survive a collision with reality.
But an inventory is a helpful tool, a way to keep track of habits you are building. Drip by drip.
The following is a useful inventory list of resolutions as recommended by The Pope’s:
- Don’t gossip.
- Finish your meals.
- Make time for others.
- Choose the ‘more humble’ purchase.
- Meet the poor ‘in the flesh.’
- Stop judging others.
- Befriend those who disagree.
- Make commitments, such as marriage.
- Make it a habit to ‘ask the Lord.’
- Be happy.
Given that the Lamborghini was personally blessed by the Pope, it is tipped to fetch twice its market price with some of the funds said will go to charities that help women who are trafficked and forced into prostitution, and those that provide medical care in Africa.
My favourite is #5.