Despite all the excitement, I still haven't stopped missing Papa Benedetto and am still trying to adapt to the idea that he has "retired" for good. Nobody can really "take his place" in a factory-like way. This has been a very sudden transition, and a very unusual one at that. After all, we haven't had a pope resign in 600 years! This modern-day repeat of history will take some time to get used to.
Nor can we completely forget the pre-Conclave days that unearthed painful revelations. For British Catholics (and many Catholics and Christians in general), the scandal involving Cardinal Keith O'Brien was a bitter pill to swallow. It effectively prevented the
Nonetheless, we now have great cause to have hope for the future and give thanks to the Lord. I can tell from listening to "EWTN" and "The Catholic Channel" that this historic happening in Church history is bringing a sense of freshness and vigor to the faithful. I believe the Latin American Community the world over will positively effected. (Here's to the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Jeneiro!) Pope Francis seems to be a very humble man, and his actions are those of a servant of the people. He is known for having a deep sense of compassion towards the poor. Also, he seems to be orthodox in his beliefs, and has a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin. I believe these are some very good intro notes on the character of the man who is now Christ's Vicar on Earth.
To commemorate this great event and affirm our loyalty to and affection for our new Papa Francesco, the prolific Mack of Texas has written this touching tribute in honor of God's providential calling of great men.
Is This Seat Saved?
As Abraham was called to leave his home,
To serve one God in haunted emptiness
Where errant spirits misguided pilgrims’ steps
Into those thickets that entangled lost souls
As Brother Francis, barefoot in the wild,
With rock and prayer rebuilt long-fallen shrines
When they had crumbled into weed-choked ruins
Where wolves gnawed on the bones of civilization
An old man riding in a city bus,
Wearing spectacles and a cheap wristwatch,
Has come to see us through the wilderness,
And enkindle for us the Easter fire.
P.S. On another happy note, one of our readers from