Yes, I know I’m just a lay person, but our house has been abuzz with talk about the upcoming conclave. This is the 3rd papal election of my life. I was 6 months old when Blessed John Paul II was elected. He remained pope until I was 27 years old. There will always be a special place in my heart for John Paul the Great. It was with a bittersweet heart that I said good-bye to him.
Then came Benedict XVI. I, like everyone else, was stunned when he announced he was stepping down. I will certainly miss seeing his loving face. Perhaps this will finally get me to tackle his Jesus of Nazareth series.
My thoughts about the conclave (I’m writing this on Sunday and publishing on Tuesday. So let’s see if I’m even close!)…I know that the Holy Spirit will lead the cardinals to choose the best for the job, but it’s still really fun to try to guess who it will be! So here are my top picks (please excuse the wikipedia links, but it’s late and I’m tired and wiki is easy): Cardinal Arinze. Yes, I know it’s unlikely since he’s 80, but I can hope!,
Cardinal Dolan. I may be a bit biased because he’s American, but I think he’s a great leader and communicator.
Cardinal Ouellet Yes, another North American. Canadian even!
The husbands pick: Cardinal Burke
Some other fun conclave things:
Pope Alarm I don’t really watch tv nor do I have time to be on the internet all day. So Pope Alarm will come in handy! Plus I laughed really hard at “When the smoke goes up, you’ll know what’s going down!”
Adopt a Cardinal. When you sign up, you get assigned a random Cardinal to pray for before, during and after the conclave. I was assigned Francesco Coccopalmerio.
And here’s a very informative post by Jimmy Akin about voting in the conclave.
Finally, a couple of videos that still bring me chills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K_iBXbE3UI