Who inspired you this year?

Pope Francis celebrates the last mass of his visit to Brazil, at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, on July 28, 2013. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Time has named Pope Francis as Person of the Year. “He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing. The septuagenarian superstar is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century,” write Howard Chua-Eoan and Elizabeth Dias.

As Pope, he was suddenly the sovereign of Vatican City and head of an institution so ­sprawling—with about enough followers to populate China—so steeped in order, so snarled by bureaucracy, so vast in its charity, so weighted by its scandals, so polarizing to those who study its teachings, so mysterious to those who don’t, that the gap between him and the daily miseries of the world’s poor might finally have seemed unbridgeable. Until the 266th Supreme Pontiff walked off in those clunky shoes to pay his hotel bill.

Today’s Question: Who inspired you this year?

  • PaulJ

    The sheik that’s building the 1 kilometer tall building in Saudi Arabia. It’s about time someone did something fun.

  • KTN

    The Pope, and I’m not even Catholic.

    Other than watching the Church from afar, and taking little interest in the Pope in general, Francis has impressed me with his articulate mind, his openness to loosening the doctrinal hierarchy within the Church. He is a religious leader, who also seems to embrace (or at least acknowledge) the challenges of secular life and the role of the Church.

  • JQP

    I think there’s a huge distinction between inspired and the more likely response/reaction : admired.

    Inspired means you reacted to the person and performed a positive action.
    Admired means you heard/read/watched that person and felt good about the world – but did do anything because of it.

    Me… ? I didn’t do anything BECAUSE of someone else’s example.
    I did do some things I’m rather proud because they benefited someone besides me or my family or my company.
    For the record… I also need to say that I could have done more … and didn’t. I am no example to admire or find inspirational.

  • Jim G

    Children… I volunteer at a local elementary school one morning a week. I read to Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders and help out with math skills for a 5th grade class. I am amazed at their openness and trust in others. Since I retired as an teacher, I’ve been inspired enough to rise early on uncomfortably cold mornings, like today, and head off to school to be inspired by the smile of a child. Two weeks ago a 5th grader struggling with 2 digit multiplication turned to me after a short 45 minutes of working with her small group and announced. “You’ve taught me how to do this!” Priceless.

  • Pearly

    kathleen sebelius

    • kevins

      Pearly…such a tree hugger, you sensitive guy!

      • AndyBriebart

        I guess Eric With Holder. The hear no evil or see no evil Attorney General.

  • Dawn Gelle

    Edie Windsor