Hello to all my blogolite (my new term) friends!
We just heard that a date was not set for Conclave in the morning session as they await the arrival of one final Cardinal. Today they discussed finance, which is required during the transition of a papacy.
I have to admit, when I heard the news that a date was not set I was disappointed. OK, I was more than disappointed. I was passing angry and going right to ticked on the emotion scale.
Don't get me wrong, I love Rome. In fact, it's my favorite city and I have a number of friends here. It's that I miss my family and I'm going to miss my children's play, sports playoffs, and most importantly their smiles. Don't the Cardinals know I have things to do?!
But I thought about it and realized something important. They do care that I have things to do, and they care that you have things to do, and they want to make sure they make the right decision so that this faith that is so important to all of us is protected.
They cannot rush to judgment. They need to take their time, pray, and make a decision that will be of benefit to the Church and the world.
What an awesome responsibility it is to be charged with being the Vicar of Christ. The Holy Spirit is part of these deliberation as are all of us through our thoughts and prayers. We need to trust in the process. We need to pray for these decision makers. We, and I especially mean me, need to realize that we are not picking out our furniture or a car; we are choosing the Apostolic Successor to Peter.
In a world that demands quick answers and instant updates, I say let's all slow down and become part of this historic moment, opening our hearts and minds to the reality that God does not have a stop watch.
Thank you my fellow blogolites and know I am thinking of you while in Rome.