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November 17th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

When Pope Francis was put on laundry duty

Opinion by Chris Lowney

(CNN) - Every day, millions of Americans perform a task that epitomizes Pope Francis’ leadership style: They do the laundry.

I came to that somewhat surprising conclusion while talking to Jesuit priests who lived with the future Pope, then known as the Rev. Jorge Bergoglio, during the early 1980s. At the time, they were young Jesuit seminarians, and he was their “boss,” the rector of their 100-member community.

“He was very demanding when it came to studies,” one of them told me. “Do what you’re doing and do it well,” he used to say.

But the rector wanted the budding Jesuits to learn from people, not just from books.

“He used to send us to the opera and also have us clean the seminary bathrooms, because he wanted us to be adaptable to all kinds of situations.”

The seminarians all did volunteer work in poor communities, and one of them remembers Bergoglio telling them that “closeness to the poor is important for the formation of a priest’s heart.”

His mantra at the time was: “You’re going to learn from these people before you teach them anything,” the young Jesuits recall.

But when I asked these Jesuits what they learned from Bergoglio about being a good leader, the first memory they shared wasn’t a memorable speech or policy initiative.

Instead, they recalled Bergoglio doing the laundry.

Bergoglio used to stress that the seminarians were a family, and each person had to do his share of the chores to support the other family members.

Even though Bergoglio was their superior and carried a heavy administrative and teaching load, he also chipped in, taking the role of community laundry man.

Any seminarians awake at 5:30 in the morning could find him down in the basement, pitching bales of laundry into balky, 1980s-style industrial washing machines.

Why has that image stuck with them for more than three decades?

I suspect it’s because Bergoglio was embodying three vital leadership principles that every good parent instinctively understands, but that too many managers and executives forget.

Don’t tell us you value us, show us.

Many managers talk about respect, but treat team members more like tools than human beings. If you want to win the confidence and trust of your team, demonstrate in deeds that you value them.

Your corporate headquarters may not have a laundry machine, but I’m sure you can come up with some other way to demonstrate your concern for the team.

Don’t ask us to make sacrifices that you are unwilling to make.

The economic environment is harsh for organizations of all sorts. In order to survive, managers often ask sacrifices of their team members, whether it's shouldering a larger proportion of health insurance costs, working longer hours, or forgoing raises.

Most workers can accept these realities, except when managers exempt themselves from the sacrifices they ask of others. Too many chief executives, for example, get rewarded with lavish bonus increases even while slashing staff and cutting benefit packages for subordinates.

They ought to show some Bergoglio-style leadership. If they are going to ask the team to make sacrifices or take on extra chores, they ought to demonstrate their own willingness to sacrifice alongside them.

Send the message that you’re here to serve us, not that we’re here to serve you.

Soon after his election, Pope Francis said that “authentic power is service,” a simple yet profound vision. Those seminarians who remember him doing the laundry at 5:30 in the morning saw that vision in action: He is here to take care of our needs.

Too often, managers send the opposite signal. They squeeze information and labor from subordinates, as juice from a lemon. But they show little interest in recognizing and developing the talent and potential of their teams, or in ensuring that their basic needs are met.

Granted, doing the laundry will remain a pretty tiresome task, and family members will continue to strew dirty clothing here and there, oblivious to how it later becomes clean.

But launderers can take at least a little solace that they are disseminating some important lessons about life and leadership, and in at least a few cases, those lessons will be remembered.

Chris Lowney is a former Jesuit seminarian and one-time managing director of JP Morgan & Co. He is author of “Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads.” The views expressed in this column belong to Lowney. 

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Argentina • Business • Catholic Church • Christianity • Ethics • Leaders • Pope Francis

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  1. Port Tack Author

    I am a many years ex-catholic and agnostic however I love this pope. He's wrong on some stuff but he gets so much right. The author of the article mirrors comments in my blog Uncertainty My Ass at porttack.net.

    November 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
  2. doobzz

    I can't argue with any of the leadership guidelines listed here. They're taught in nearly every MBA program and entry level corporate management program.

    November 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
    • Science Works

      And there was suppose to be a list of priests names released but ...leadership is balking !

      Minnesota Se-x Abuse Scandal Entangles University of St. Thomas ...

      http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/.../Minnesota-Se-x-Abuse-Scandal-Enta...‎

      Oct 23, 2013 – The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota has found itself in the middle of the ongoing se-x abuse crisis in Minnesota, according to Inside ...

      They should not keep secrets !

      November 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
  3. M.E.

    It's very simple and not very religious at all. If you work to be the person you want others to be like, you'll at least be making your life better by being one of those people you want to see more of in the world. Even if nobody follows you, you'll always see at least one person doing it right...yourself. If everyone sweeps their own doorstep, the world becomes a cleaner place.

    November 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
  4. Lionly Lamb

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_lPnGbk444&w=640&h=360]

    November 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
  5. Jill

    Rainer Braendlein, don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently.

    So there go stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

    Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

    Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

    Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

    And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

    November 17, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  6. Apple Bush

    Why don't I have any clean underwear?

    November 17, 2013 at 11:46 am |
    • Crom

      Laundry day.

      Nothing clean.

      November 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Stupid pope.

        November 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
    • doobzz

      I have lots of quarters.

      November 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
  7. Rainer Braendlein

    I must admit that this pope seems to be quite likeable, and understand that some people (especially of CNN) belief they had to sing his praises.

    Concerning the above article it is taken for granted that Jorge is always a leader (a natural born leader). Certainly in the business world leadership is absolutely necessery but what about the Christian community?

    Ain't I right that the reason for many quarrelings is bossing around? I don't mean the situation when a superior at a company gives an instruction (that would be very legitimate) but the situation when any people or Christians gather, and one of them presumes to be the boss or the group just because he likes bossing. There is great cause for concern that we transferred rules of the business world to the places of social interaction. At the business world instruction is legitimate but when we simply gather as human beings it is very evil to give commands to somebody.

    Everybody knows that the Roman Catholic Church is a strict hierarchy. A Catholic clergy is not allowed to act according to the will of the Holy Spirit but according to the will of his superior. And as the Catholic clergy anyway know that their club is no church but a business company with spiritual paint they accept this hierarchical system.

    In the true Christian Church which doesn't want to make profit but takes care of the souls of people there should be no hierarchy but brotherhood. Basically no Christian is higher than another Christian even if he has the gift of teaching or preaching, or has undergone some theological education. Of course, for the sake of usefulness a congregation can elect a pastor or bishop, maybe for temporary charge who leads the affairs of the congregation as a whole. However, when he gets recalled from his office he will be an ordinary Christian again, not higher than any other member of the congregation.

    Ain't I right that we all in or deepest innards seek for brotherhood? Nobody of us wants to be bossed. Jesus Christ was indeed higher (had a higher rank) than his followers simply because he was the Son of God. Jesus had had the right to boss his followers because of his higher rank, and sometimes he actually gave them commands but very cautios. This Jesus, God incarnate, washed the feet of his disciples, and told his followers they should follow his example. He who had no arrogated higher rank but was really higher he saw the needs of his brothers, there dirty feet to be washed.

    Hence, we as Christians should not boss each other, or seek to be the boss of a Christian group but we should take care of each other. If we are a Christian congregation we can elect a man of virtue as pastor but there is no need for any contest concerning leadership.

    http://confessingchurch.wordpress.com

    November 17, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Briefly speaking, doing the laundry was no Christian act of Jorge or pope Francis but deepest godlessness because by doing the laundry he wanted to underline his superiority about the other Jesuits. Superiority outside the business world is evil, and is caused by Satan.

      Don't beat me now! Yet, false idols need to be destroyed.

      November 17, 2013 at 11:41 am |
      • Southernsuga

        You are a profane person. His Holiness prays for your sins.

        November 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
        • tc

          Suga – see my response below to Ranier. He belongs to a heretical cult of Lutherans and his main mission is to spew unbased comments on Catholic topics for which he has no knowledge.

          November 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
        • pc

          It's "Rainer", not "Ranier", dummy.

          November 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
        • tc

          Sorry pc the spelling police of the CNN forums, sorry I transposed some letters while typing – now ask if anyone cares? Who's the dummy?

          November 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
        • pc

          tc: You made the same mistake twice, stupid. It wasn't a "typo", so fess up to that. You are both the dummy, and a coward.

          November 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
      • Southernsuga

        I'm sorry you can't deal with reality. Hail Mary, full of Grace. Our Father who art in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread. Bless me Jesus, Mary and Joseph, now and at the hour of my death. God Bless you, Rainer.

        November 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • Jill

      Rainer Braendlein, don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently.

      So there orange stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

      Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

      Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

      Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

      And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

      November 17, 2013 at 11:57 am |
    • tc

      You conducted yourself much better this time Ranier as a Christian concerning the Pope and the Catholic Church, so I applaud you for finally acting like a Christian. Most times I've seen your comments have not been very becoming and you have been less than a model for charity. While you find my church a problem and I yours as a heretical sect, it was good to see you grow to some extent. Unfortuantely, you are not knowledgeable on principles of leadership nor the pastoral organizational structure of the Catholic church, so most of your comments are littered with inaccuracies. Leadership is about loving your neighbor, doing what is right, and allowing the HS to hold us and each other accountable – it has nothing to do with buisness, bossing others – those are management functions. All organizations have and need everyone to practice good leadership ship becasue someone is always watching and we must set the example for each other but organizations also need people managing things. Even in your heretical cult there are those with formal roles of directing others and processes. You are doing better but learn more about leadership principles and how parishes are composed and ran by many people to meet the needs of the members but also the needy with in the community. Unitl you do that, your comments regarding Catholic subjects is flawed and greatly inferior since you have no education or knowledge to back your comments. If I were you I'd focus on you house and what your doing and not worry so much what others are doing unless they are trying to burn down your house which I can assure you that neither the Pope or RCC is trying to do to your cult.

      November 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
      • pc

        It's "Rainer", not "Ranier". And google "No True Scotsmen", stupid.

        November 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
        • tc

          See my other comment to you pc – no one cares its mispelled, only you – grow up and study so that you may one day add value to the convo

          November 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
        • pc

          tc: You made the same mistake twice, stupid. It wasn't a "typo", so fess up to that.

          Now, as for the convo, oh stupid one, have you read up on, and do you understand what the "No True Scotsmen" reference means?

          November 17, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
        • tc

          pc – so you never have anything of substance to add, you like name calling like a middle schooler and you think you are clever referring to comments you don't agree with as NO True Scotsman. In the real world, we define fallacies for debate purposes and validating arguments which is not happening here in the forums with hateful trolls like you. Mature and contribute something.

          November 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
        • pc

          So, no, you haven't read up on it. Thought so.

          Grow a spine already, you despicable coward.

          November 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • igaftr

      Silly troll. Everyone is an atheist at birth. No evidence required to NOT believe. Get a life troll

      November 17, 2013 at 11:31 am |
      • Greatest Flaw of Atheism-they have no evidence backing up their claims

        Not believing takes great faith because you don't know if you're right. The only troll is you.

        November 17, 2013 at 11:32 am |
        • igaftr

          How much faith does it take to not believe in Quetzlcoatl?

          Typical troll lie

          November 17, 2013 at 11:35 am |
        • Greatest Flaw of Atheism-they have no evidence backing up their claims

          How much faith does it take to deny just God? Seems like atheists lie about treating all religions as equals. We all know that is a lie. Stop lying troll

          November 17, 2013 at 11:36 am |
        • igaftr

          All religions are equals. All are man made. Whether or not any gods actually exist is a seperate question, but all reliigons ARE the same.

          Silly troll

          November 17, 2013 at 11:51 am |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          I don't believe god or unicorns exist because I don't see any reason to believe in either god or unicorns. If someone were to show me evidence that either god or unicorns exist then I would believe. Until such time, I disbelieve. Believers use my method of reasoning when it comes to making a large purchase--they use proper skepti.ci.sm to make the seller prove that they own that which is being sold to them before handing over their funds to that person. It's only when it comes to big invisible sky wizard that they are so careless with their reasoning.

          November 17, 2013 at 11:56 am |
      • Greatest Flaw of Atheism-they have no evidence backing up their claims

        Do you treat non-popular religions biased as you do to popular ones? I highly doubt those non-popular religions you think about constantly but with Christianity..atheists seem deeply deeply obsessed and attached to it. Thus treating all religions as equals is a lie. Non-popular religions you don't treat biased while popular ones you do. Fail troll.

        November 17, 2013 at 11:55 am |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          The country where I live is almost entirely "Christian," so I am most familiar with that their myth. But when I encounter other myths, I discuss the flaws with those religions. I'm simply engaging the false religions that most engage me. Simple.

          November 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
        • Greatest Flaw of Atheism-they have no evidence backing up their claims

          I can tell that one is a lie. Which religion out of all of them do you demand most evidence for? You just debunked your own lie.

          November 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
        • igaftr

          silly troll
          The number of people who believe in a given thing has no bearing on it's validity.

          November 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
        • Greatest Flaw of Atheism-they have no evidence backing up their claims

          For atheists who cling to one religion out of all of them in existence, it proves you're wrong. Being in a "Christian country" is an excuse. Wanting evidence from only one God while claiming you're doing it to validate the lie, well, you just debunked your own lie. Deep down, you must really believe if all your time and effort/life is spent on one religion. We all know why it's spend on one religion.

          November 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
        • igaftr

          silly troll
          Atheism is not a religion. It is the disbelief in gods. There is no doctrine nor dogma. ALL people are born atheists, with no religion. Religion must be learned. Atheism is not learned, it is the default, BEFORE being taught about spirit, gods and the like.

          November 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
        • Greatest Flaw of Atheism-they have no evidence backing up their claims

          That may be true but once you become an adult, atheism becomes YOUR religion. Atheism should always be questioned but a handful wants religion gone without providing proof they're right and all of is are wrong. Atheism for adults is a religion. You teach yourself lies. You feed your own dogma. You create your own reality.

          November 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
        • igaftr

          again for the slow trolls.
          Atheism is not a religion.

          November 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          GF, you ignorant troll. Don't misrepresent what I said. I said that I engage the religious belief that most engages me. If I have more contact with Christianity where I live, then that is the religion I will most engage with my disbelief, but I believe in no gods until one of them is proved to me. Which religion proves their god is correct, that religion will I believe. I don't differentiate between gods--I disbelieve in all of them. IF you would like me to accept your god, then prove that he exists, and I will. I make this offer to any believer of any religion, not just the popular religion where I live.

          November 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • doobzz

      LOL!

      November 17, 2013 at 11:46 am |
  8. lol??

    Is he really goin' out with ‘er? I don't know. Look, here he comes now. Let's ask
    ‘im. Hey, Murray, is it true Betty's wearin' your ring? Uh-huh.
    Who's that bangin' on the piano? I don't know. You goin' out with
    her tonight? You bet yer fur. By the way, where'd ya meet her?

    I met her one day at the Laundromat.
    She turned around and smiled at me, ya get the picture? (Yes, we see).
    And that's when I fell in love with the Leader Of the Laundromat

    My folks were always putting her down (down, down)
    Because her laundry came back brown (brown, brown)
    I don't care if they think she's bad
    I fell in love 'cause she looked so sad
    I got a date tonight with the Leader Of the Laundromat

    November 17, 2013 at 11:02 am |
  9. Lionly Lamb

    God so commands all orbital velocities inwardly from the lowly atoms and even outwardly toward issues of all that is made celestially orbital... Our humanoid embodiments of orbital atoms are merely buildings structured just so to be inhabited by godly generations on a scalar dimension unequaled in the inward depths and breadths of spatial reciprocity...

    November 17, 2013 at 10:47 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Good morning LL, you crazy old fuck. How are you today?

      November 17, 2013 at 10:59 am |
      • Lionly Lamb

        Hi Sired A. Bush...

        I'm doing just fine and you..?

        November 17, 2013 at 11:11 am |
        • Apple Bush

          Really couldn't be better all things considered.

          November 17, 2013 at 11:24 am |
  10. John P. Tarver

    This Pope seems so human.

    November 17, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • Apple Bush

      And yet he is still a dope.

      November 17, 2013 at 10:28 am |
      • Chris

        Ya...the Pope is a dope (clever)...not nearly as smart as some guy who calls himself "Apple Bush"

        November 17, 2013 at 10:35 am |
        • Apple Bush

          Exactly my point Chris. Thank you.

          November 17, 2013 at 10:58 am |
        • truthprevails1

          Oh dear, judging someone by an alias, such a silly immature thing to do! Tell us Chrissy how does Apple Bush using an alias affect you? You're not exactly revealing your identity either (no surname).

          November 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Yeah! And anyone who knows me knows I am very sensitive about my name.

          November 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
      • John P. Tarver

        Saint Malachy prophecy says this is the last Pope, so Francis could be a bit craftier than we might expect.

        November 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  11. Michele

    I am a confirmed non-believer, but I LOVE this guy! This is what being a true Christian looks like. The fake ones like Palin, Bachmann, Roberts, Graham, Osteen, Cruz, etc, ad nauseous, ad infinitum should look, listen, and learn. Not one of the Xtian Right has an ounce of true Christianity anywhere in their miserably hateful souls.

    November 17, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • Apple Bush

      I do not know him personally.

      November 17, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • More cowbell

      May I ask who performed your confirmation?

      November 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      True christian is an oxymoron...no truth to christianity at all. Although it is funny that a non-believer would use the No True Scotsman fallacy.

      November 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
  12. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    During the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution some science was considered bourgeois, some not, but many scientists found themselves assigned to work in places like laundries. It is good that priests are able to work at good honest labour, in another revolution, perhaps priests will be assigned meaningful tasks and work shoulder-to-shoulder with evolutionary biologists. I hope the priests can hold up their end.

    November 17, 2013 at 10:14 am |
    • Alien Orifice

      The priests are very good at holding up ends.

      November 17, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • Chris

      Do you mean the whole sale slaughter of priests during the enlightened, secular French revelation? And by evolutionary biologists do you mean biologist and Orthodox Christian Theodosius Dobzhansky who wrote "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution"?

      November 17, 2013 at 10:26 am |
      • Tom, Tom, the Other One

        In the laundry we'll all be the same. And hopefully spared from the guillotine.

        November 17, 2013 at 10:29 am |
      • tallulah13

        Oh, Chris, perhaps if the church leaders in France hadn't been as corrupt as the monarchy, perhaps if priests and church officials hadn't been trying to stir up anti-revolutionary sentiments at home and abroad, those few who were guillotined may have been spared.

        November 17, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          It's interesting that the Quebecois don't have much use for the Church, possibly for the same reason the French did not. The Church held a lot of the most valuable land in Quebec and controlled education in Quebec. There was large scale social change and governmental reform in the 1960s and as part of that the Church lost a lot of its power and influence. Now the Church is viewed, particularly by people who are of age to remember, as the supporters of corruption.

          November 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  13. Substantial Compensation

    It is well known that each garment laundered by a Jesuit is cursed by the seed of Satan. Each shirt, frock and sock seething with demon rage. Put down the laundry and embrace Jesus for his firmness will carry you to heaven.

    November 17, 2013 at 9:55 am |
    • Chris

      Westboro?

      November 17, 2013 at 10:09 am |
      • Substantial Compensation

        I my goodness no Chris. They are far to left wing for me.

        November 17, 2013 at 10:14 am |
        • fishymomma

          You must be one of those Tennessee snake handlers, then.

          November 17, 2013 at 10:41 am |
      • Apple Bush

        No fishy, I am not.

        November 17, 2013 at 10:57 am |
  14. Richard Cranium

    I saw 3 perfectly normal human beings emerge from primordial soup on Thursday. With global warming evolution has sped up 22,000%. We transform from tadpoles to apes in six weeks.

    November 17, 2013 at 9:42 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Stupid global warning.

      November 17, 2013 at 9:48 am |
      • Attack of the 50 Foot Magic Underwear

        Stupid math. If there was no math global warning couldn't speed up 22,000%.

        November 17, 2013 at 9:54 am |
  15. Apple Bush

    paper boat floating bobbing drifting sinking hiding

    the water dripping behind me was like a single ice cycle dripping faster than it should demonstrating that gravity changes when you are not looking that is why it is smart to buy slip on sneakers and save the best breast meat for sandwiches later

    November 17, 2013 at 9:19 am |
    • Apple Bush

      eyes hurt for never stopping not to see the truth in a bowl filled with many ingredients it is hard to separate the arugula for the mesclun so ask early of you are going to be late for the shoe styles they are quite interesting and fun to eat if you haven’t had the crab

      November 17, 2013 at 9:19 am |
  16. robert brown

    Francis of Assisi was cool

    Brother sun sister moon

    November 17, 2013 at 9:14 am |
  17. Apple Bush

    Good article. I am inspired to do better in all leadership phases.

    November 17, 2013 at 9:11 am |
  18. Alien Orifice

    Choice not;
    Want not.

    Listen to the man;
    Save some truth as long as you can.

    A crazy insane and delusional ruse;
    A platform built to use and abuse.

    Children chained and preached up cold;
    Dysfunctional adults as they grow old.

    A world of timeless lies and affliction;
    Religion is the world’s addiction.

    November 17, 2013 at 9:05 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Lol

      Good one!

      November 17, 2013 at 9:15 am |
    • Judy

      Archbishop Sheen is way smarter than you or your stupid poem

      November 17, 2013 at 9:42 am |
      • Alien Orifice

        At least I am alive. Whew.

        November 17, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • Chris

      Francis dysfunctional? Really....

      November 17, 2013 at 10:12 am |
      • Alien Orifice

        Clearly.

        November 17, 2013 at 10:15 am |
        • Chris

          you are anonymously posting online...and he is dysfunctional? Wow...

          November 17, 2013 at 10:17 am |
        • Alien Orifice

          The man does demon laundry for crying out loud.

          November 17, 2013 at 10:20 am |
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