As a person who has been in the presence of two different Popes, I can tell you that yesterday was special. I try not to talk about religion on here because it can be so polarizing. It is far too easy to bash someone else’s beliefs when they are different than your own.
|Papal Mass at Queen Victoria Park, Toronto via|
|John Paul II saluting the youth at WYD 2002 via|
WYD 2002 was, honestly, one of the most spiritually moving experiences I’ve had in my life. Going to church, praying as a group or in private…it all pales in comparison for me. FYI: writing this post overwhelmed me with the memories.
|Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. via|
When B and I landed in Rome on our honeymoon, we caught Benedict in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City only an hour later. So, I really have seen Pope Benedict XVI twice. Who else can say that??
|Pope Francis I via|
Yesterday, the world saw the revelation of a new Pope…Pope Francis. As I watched the news coverage on T.V., I couldn’t help but to feel the excitement of the people in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. Not because there was a new Pope coming…but because I know firsthand the exhilaration, joy, excitement, and adrenaline rush that accompanies being the in the presence of so many faithful in eager waiting of the Pope. Your soul is in utter jubilee. Even as I write this, I can’t help but to think that it sounds cheesy, but there’s no other way I can describe it unless you have personally experienced the Holy Spirit.
Will I also get to be in the presence of Pope Francis I? Is there such a thing as pressing my luck? I don’t know, but I sure would love it! I hope that this new Vicar of the Church will bring reform. God knows the Church needs it. I am fully aware of the news regarding scandals of the church, but all I can say is this: anything run by man (government, schools, etc.) will have its faults.
Note: This will probably be the only time you will read my blog and take away a tidbit of my faith with you. If this revelation turns you off, my apologies.
|Rachel and her husband in Delphi, Greece.|
She and her husband have a passion for travel. They love to travel the world, and she loves to document all of her travels on her blog, hence the name, “Postcards from Rachel.” Pretty smart, isn’t it? Oh, and Rachel has a heart of gold. She loves to save pups from the animal shelter, nurses them back to health, and makes sure they are ready for a new home by fostering them. It’s a very fulfilling job and I’m so amazed at her passion for it.
Oh, and you’ll see lots of pictures of Malcolm, too. He’s the adorable West Highland Terrier they brought with them from Scotland. This loveable pup is as nice in person as in pictures. I am envious that his little passport probably has more stamps than my passport. Yes, he has a doggy passport as seen here. Little stinker :)
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