Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Does it feel like a year passed in this singular day?
I am stunned...absolutely, positively stunned.
Not that I know a thing about "Who's, Who" in the realm of our Church's hierarchy, but the first Latin American, first Jesuit, first Francis, plus 76 years old? All the predictions went right out the Sistine Chapel chimney. I. LOVE. IT! And all after just two days of prayer and voting.
I love that the Catholic Church showed the entire earth that tradition works, and democracy is not required. You don't get a say, you just have faith.
I love that "God works in mysterious ways" is found to be true every single day. We don't have to know the whys. "On a need to now basis, all will unfold. But my darlings, you don't need to know" (brownie points if you know who sang those words in a song).
I love that Cardinal Bergoglio chose Francis for his name. Faith was overjoyed, as her middle name is Frances, and no one ever has that name anymore.
Many people were wondering if he chose Francis for St. Francis of Assisi or St. Francis Xavier, both humble servants of God, both defenders of the poor and needy. I have read that he chose the name for St. Francis of Assisi -- to whom God said "Francis, rebuild my Church." (My Faith Francis was named for the same saint.)
I can tell you one secret you may not know, however, which gives me joy because it truly shows God's mysterious ways. Yesterday, March 12, was the last day of the St. Francis Xavier novena. I only know because I prayed it. St. Francis Xavier was canonized on March 12. St. Francis Xavier was one of the first seven Jesuits.
And St. Francis Xavier is one of the patron saints of Friesing, Germany. If you have read Joseph and Chico you know who lived in Freising, Germany. I. LOVE. IT! A gentle bow to our beloved Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Was it all intentional? I don't know, but God does work in mysterious ways.
Tomorrow is a new day. We don't know where Pope Francis will take us (he has a sweet face which took me about 90 seconds to learn to love, but it's going to be a while before I get used to that name!). But, with faith -- great time for a "Year of faith!" -- we will go where God intends. He never fails.