Monday, March 18, 2013

Copycat Blog

Things I like this week (stealing from Laura):

-Sleeping in
-That first breath of fresh air when I step outside in the morning
-Reading the paper with a hot cup of coffee in my hand
-Getting a voicemail that says "Meechelle, I have a ketogenic diet crisis and you have to call me back right now" (I'm paraphrasing, there may have been a bad word in there)
-Brother Donald subbing on our Ultimate Frisbee team
-Corned beef, cabbage, and green beer
-Watching Blue Bloods, loving that a TV show exists that shows Catholics in a positive light
-Getting a manager's SEED at work
-Having the end-of-Mass announcement be "Habemus Papam"
-Knowing Laura is coming home
-Family lunch at Maggiano's (and three subsequent leftover meals)
-Having one of my favorite techs tell me I'm the greatest
-Free Bistro Box from Starbucks
-Having the rest of today and all of tomorrow to do WHATEVER I WANT!!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Habemus Papam!! Viva Il Papa!!!

I'm keeping this short because I have to go to work early tomorrow for the annual Great Potato Race (yes, I work at a Children's Hospital, we are awesome), so to bed forthwith for me.  But, since the whole world is talking today, and the Catholic Church is on fire, and since the world is ending because the media has been positive toward the Church today, I figured I'd mark the occasion with an overdue blog post.

Mass today at the AI started with Fr. Riley saying, "the almighty iPad says we don't have a pope yet, keep praying."  And midway through Mass I was embarrassed when Dad's "knock knock knock" text alert went off, and mortified when it went off again as he received communion.  Then at the end of Mass, right before the final blessing, it was announced that we had a pope!  No name yet, but Habemus Papam!  I felt the Holy Spirit pretty intensely right then.  It was like all of our prayers had culminated in a glorious moment to give us a new Vicar of Christ.  (And it explained the texts-- kudos to FOCUS for  What a blessing to have been praying during the moments of the election, and knowing that despite claims of politicking and scandal and whatever else, it was really the Holy Spirit who has given us a new Holy Father.

By all accounts, I think that Pope Francis I will be a strong, passionate, gentle, inspired, and humble leader.  I am excited about his choice of namesake, about his Jesuit background (all jokes aside), about his presence for the Americas, and about the reaction from the Church thus far.  I am excited to see where he takes us.  And, if any of the prophecies are true, he better live to 100, one lung and all.  May God abundantly bless the Church and her new shepherd!
I reserve the right to make this blog as worthless to read as I feel like, and also to write as infrequently as I deem necessary. Just thought I'd let you know since I finally decided to share my blog.