Wednesday March 13th 2013, 7:33 PM
Filed under: celebration,miscellaneous,Pope Francis


Habemus Papam

Very few things can bring the world together. A large portion of world is joined as they watch athletes compete in the Olympics or World Cup. Another large portion joins together when there is a horrific tragedy, such as tsunami or earthquake. Yet another gathers when a celebrity dies, such as Michael Jackson or Princess Diana.

Today, I joined the largest of all gatherings. I watched the announcement of our new Pope. Of course, Catholics watched. This is the leader of our religion-not simply a pastor, or bishop-but the leader of our religion world-wide. Others watched too. Some watched because it was on every major news outlet, twitter, facebook, etc and there was no escaping it. Many others watched out of curiosity. Very few elections are held in such secrecy. Very few occasions cause people to run from their homes in order to hear a name announced. Whatever the reason, BILLIONS watched from all over the globe.

I am Catholic. I am one of those who have become disillusioned by the politics, the scandal and cries of poverty that come seemingly every week. I still pray and try to be a good person. I consider my relationship with God to be personal, just between Him and me. But still have hope that someday, I can bring myself to enter a Church without cringing with hypocrisy.

 

As I watched the announcement of our new Pope, I was filled with hope. As I waited, I imagined him in the Room of Tears, crying with the crushing weight of the responsibility placed on his shoulders.  I prayed for God to give him the strength to do what is right for us and power to explain his choices to us. I prayed for God to give him guidance as he steps down this new path of his life.

The announcement of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy has given me hope. Just by choosing to be called “Pope Francis” he is breaking with tradition. He is the first Jesuit, the first ‘Francis’, the first non-European. I am hoping he will be merciful in his dealings with gay issues, allow more participation by women, and wield a heavy hand on those involved in molestation.

This is a new chapter in Catholicism waiting to be written.




3 Comments »

  1. teri tighe said:

    on March 15, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Even though I’m not Catholic, I always have hope, as well. I always equate the naming of a new Pope like the election of a President. I always hope for change and open mindedness considering Catholism is probably the biggest religion on the planet.

  2. Metalmom said:

    on March 15, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    teri-I recall nothing about the last naming. Nothing seems to jump out about his tenure as pope. However, there are ALREADY different changes. I anticipate even more. Hope is definitely the word of the week.

  3. Lynda said:

    on March 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I was baptized Catholic, I went through the wafer ceremony whose name escapes me at the moment, but I am not a very good Catholic. I mean, I use birth control, don’t go to church, and pretty much have lost faith in them. Half teh time, I’m not even sure I believe there is a God.

    But it was kind of fun and exciting to see it all come out on Twitter. I was at work and we had people here, so I couldn’t watch.

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