Media darling that he is, Pope Francis got a lot of attention when he put the meme of humility out there during Christmas Eve mass. Talking of Jesus, Pope Francis said, "You are immense, and you made yourself small." That message is bound to stick. Here is the whole story, as covered by the NEW YORK POST.
The implications are, well, also immense. The cult of Selfies will be blown into a billion bits. Millennials now have the perfect opportunity to climb up and out of the ego. No longer will ego have to be fed every minute, put on display in photos and videos, and prevent humble enjoyments such as being a part of.
The newly humble will experience miracles. At the top of the list will be the ease with which they can land employment - and actual careers. Those who hire want Millennials who can focus on the job, not themselves. Once Millennials do that, their natural energy will move them up the ladder.
But careers aren't the only path. More will decide to follow Jesus, in the earthly form of Pope Francis, and enter the priesthood and convent.
Buddhism could fade in popularity. Its principles of mindfulness could be incorporated into Roman Catholic rituals, just as the handshake of peace was in the official mass.
And Pope Francis could become the hero for Millennials that John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King were for us Baby Boomers. The irony is that he is not young, the way heroes tend to be. He is 77 years old. Another irony: He came out of nowhere.