Kissing Ugliness

What was going on when Pope Francis kissed the deformed man some weeks ago?

Here’s my latest article for Integrated Catholic Life — Kissing Ugliness

Do you remember when the cameras caught Pope Francis reaching out to embrace the “monster” of a man covered with warts and boils? How could he kiss that ugliness?

St. Francis kissed a leper, and if you’ve ever seen a leper you realize, in the advanced stages they look like the man Pope Francis kissed.

Leprosy covers the face with boils, running sores, scabs and grotesque deformities. Check out the before and after photographs of Damien de Veuster — the Belgian priest who spent his life serving the lepers on the island of Molokai — finally contracting the disease and dying of it himself.

What makes people do that?

Read the whole article here.