Then he should maybe consider not wearing it.
It would seem to be a pretty important requirement of wearing it properly would be to use it as privately as possible, thereby not coming across as "LOOK WHAT I'M USING", as he is in that picture.
Pope Francis is so humble that bragging about a prayer rope around his wrist would be the last thing he would do.
Are you not aware that while he was the Archbishop in Argentina he rode the bus to work?
Perhaps I am missing something here. Why do you feel it is wrong for Pope Francis to have a prayer rope around his hand? Do you disagree with him having a crucifix around his neck, as well?
I must have lost dozens of them: lost, ruined or got them so dirty they made my wrist smell bad.
I hope this is not a metaphor.
Oh, and there are moments of grace. Once I was just walking down the street near DuPont Circle in Washington DC fingering the beads and saying my silent prayers, and a random guy came up and matched pace beside me and launched into a conversation.
- "You a nun?"
- "But you're a Christian, right?"
- "Would you pray for my brother? He's a dope addict."
"What's his name?"
- "Manfred. He's an intelligent guy. Talented. He's really just pissing his life away. [Insert a paragraph of surprisingly intimate details.] Would you pray for him?"
- "And pray for me too, willya? I'm --- I'm not such a good guy. What do you think about abortion?"
"I think it's murder."
- "Yeah, right, well my wife murdered our second kid. Actually, it would have been the second and the third one, she murdered two of them. What do you think happens to them?"
"I'm sorry, what do you mean?"
- "I mean, do they go to heaven, or do their souls just dissolve or something?"
"They are--- they are in the Mercy of God. That's all I know. Jesus said, 'Let the little ones come unto Me.'"
- "OK. Now what's the deal with Confession? I think I'd scare the priest right outta the box. A couple years ago I really messed up. I was in the Army..."
And on and on. He must have kept talking for 5 - 10 minutes, until my bus came: I boarded, and he turned and walked down the street. A needy soul: and who would he have talked to --- a bartender, maybe? --- if he hadn't seen my rosary?
It would seem to be a pretty important requirement of wearing it properly would be to use it as privately as possible, thereby not coming across as “LOOK WHAT I’M USING”, as he is in that picture.
Don’t you think that you may be guilty of judging his motive? Only God can know that. Why are we humans always so quick to take a negative perspective?