In his general audience this week Pope Francis was greeted by one audience member shouting, “Francis, there’s no one like you!” The pope responded in the best possible way.
“You, too,” Pope Francis cried back to the man. “There’s nobody like you, too! There are no two people like you!”
The pope has been known to downplay his followers’ devotion to him. In March Pope Francis responded to his growing celebrity status, saying, “To depict the pope as a sort of superman, a sort of star, seems offensive to me. The pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps tranquilly and has friends like everyone else, a normal person.”
And this ‘normal person’ is out to tell all normal people everywhere that there’s no one just like them. How’s that for inspiration?