Monday, April 16, 2007
Happy 80th, Holy Father!
I held my breath with the rest of the world after the passing of beloved Pope John Paul II, knowing the promise of Jesus to His Bride would be kept; we are forever under the protection of the Holy Spirit.
I remember how I loved Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, and prayed he would be the choice of the conclave. I remember exactly where I was at that moment in time. We always remember the most minute details at such important moments, because, for that space of time, nothing else is important, and yet, everything is given a clarity it did not otherwise have.
We were taking our Manager out to lunch for he was leaving for another position, and we wanted to say goodbye. The pizza restaurant we patronized had, I think, CNN (the channel was unimportant) on, and I remember looking up to see the white smoke, hearing the cries, HABEMUS PAPAM!
I was not able to express my true joy as we were sitting at a crowded meal, but no one could refrain from making comment. It was one of those moments in which I very publicly came out to many as a practicing Catholic, deeply in love with my faith and with our Holy Father...to become known as Pope Benedict XVI.
Happy Birthday, Holy Father! We love you!
And can I just say....our beloved Pope Benedict XVI has to be the most photogenic Pontiff EVER!