How do we open up to others?

Pope Francis has named a new archbishop for Chicago a few hours ago. This new leader is seen as someone that is similar to Francis ideologically, which concerns many of the conservatives who have been critical of Francis’ ideas and actions. Although this concerns many people who stick to the old ways, it is the view that is being increasingly accepted by the younger Catholics. Even those young Catholics who are conservative understand the application of love that Pope Francis is demonstrating towards people who are different and have different circumstances, as was seen recently with his tolerance towards gays and people who cohabited or were divorced. This is a kind of openness that we need to seek in our life. We don’t have to approve of the way that everyone lives their life or the actions that they make, but we have to understand that there is nothing we can do about it and we must accept them for who they are. For it was said that we shall treat people the way that we would want to be treated by them. Opening up is not easy for everyone, but it is the first step to opening up to ourselves and understanding who we truly are.