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A time to wait

I was born in 1965.  I can remember Pope Paul VI, both John Pauls, and Benedict XVI.  I was a teenager when the John Pauls were elected.  I didn’t really care at all about the conclave or what it meant. Having been poorly catechized in the post Vatican II, throw the baby out with the bath water, era I had no understanding of the momentousness of what was happening.  I watched the EWTN coverage in 2005 and shouted “Habemus Papam!” when they showed the white smoke and waited to watch the announcement of the new pope.  This time, I find I am sad that Benedict XVI has left the chair of Peter open, but I am looking forward to this conclave with a better understanding than ever before.  I am praying for the Holy Spirit to guide the cardinals and for the Lord’s will to be done.  I will not forget my “German shepherd,” but I look forward to the guiding hand of the one who will be elected.  It is a bittersweet time for me.

Here is a great guide to how the conclave works.

white-smoke-conclave-sistine-chapel-390x285White smoke rising from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel

Dear Lord,

Please send forth Your Spirit on the college of cardinals as they gather for the conclave.  May the man You desire to fill the Chair of St. Peter be chosen to lead Your church.  Please grant peace to Your servant Benedict XVI as he enters into a life of prayer and solitude.  Not the will of man, but Your will be done.



Julian of Norwich

“He did not say: You will not be troubled – you will not be tempted – you will not be distressed. But He said: You will not be overcome

-Julian of Norwich (considered “blessed” due to popular devotion, but not formally beatified)

From St. Teresa of Avila

“When the Lord knows that good health is necessary for our welfare, He sends it to us; and when we need sickness, He sends that too.”

-St.Teresa of Avila

On the disciplining of boys

Feast of St. John Bosco, Priest (1815 – 1888)

“There must be no hostility in our minds, no contempt in our eyes, no insult on our lips. We must use mercy for the present and have hope for the future, as is fitting for true fathers who are eager for real correction and improvement.” 

                                                                                     St. John Bosco

I sometimes resemble this remark!

“It is against reason to be burdensome to others, showing no amusement and acting as a wet blanket. Those without a sense of fun, who never say anything ridiculous, and are cantankerous with those who do, these are vicious, and are called grumpy and rude.” – St. Thomas Aquinas


Happy Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas!