Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Whew! No wonder Francis is tired!

"Sometimes not everything can be done because I let myself be led by imprudent exigencies: too much work, or to think that if I don’t do this today, I won’t do it tomorrow … Adoration fails, my siesta fails, this fails …"
- Francis to a group of seminarians -

Francis Stats
  • Age - 77 years old
  • Awakens  each day at 4:45am
  • Performs Novus Ordo Missae at 7:00am
  • Lunch at 1:00pm followed by 30 minute nap
  • Dinner at 8:00pm
  • Works 15 hours a day
  • 229 public daily Novus Ordo Missaes at Casa Santa Marta
  • Over 12,000 people who have attended these services
  • Attended 95 major liturgical celebrations or events 
  • Given 231 speeches
  • Written & delivered 73 official homilies 
  • Written & given 73 Angelus addresses
  • Held 54 general audiences 
  • 6 million people have come to see him (there's that number again) 
  • Spent 150 hours outside during these audiences in both winter and summer
  • Delivered 55 messages
  • Taken two official trips abroad
  • Embarked on four trips within Italy
  • Visited five Roman parishes in his official capacity
  • Reads 50 letters a day, from the 4,000 he receives

"The ideal is to finish your day tired. Not so tired that you have to take pills, but a good tired. If it is a reckless tiredness, it is bad for your health and you will end up paying dearly in the long run. This is the idea, but I don’t always manage to do it — even I am a sinner and not always so organized!"



  1. One has to give him his due; that is an exhausting schedule, especially for a man with one lung

  2. the devil knows his time is short? So the antipope has to hop to it?