|Courtesy Guardian UK|
I want to believe so voraciously that Our Holy Father is a man of the people. He does seem to be genuine and doesn't care who get's snubbed as his absence from a recent concert seems to indicate.
That said I'm a newly converted Catholic. Not only have I brought with me a litany of incorrect, misunderstood, and just plain wrong dogma, but I've also brought a cynical nature that simply won't let me believe even when my heart tells me otherwise. My wife was nearly in tears when Pope Francis was elected. I know as a new Catholic I have a ton of expectations from this Holy Father. I needed him to be exactly what he seems to be so far -- an actual Vicar of Christ.
I'm hopeful, prayerful, and beginning to become optimistic that Pope Francis is exactly the right man, at the right time for me and the world at large. I'm a very lucky newbie Catholic.