The day started like the other day. We knew that there might be news from Rome but we still had to go about our day. We started with Mass and then prepared for our guests that were planning on spending Spring Break with us. I had to sit down and pay some bills while the older kiddos headed to the airport to great our guests. We were thrilled to be welcoming Fr. Tom and his mom for a visit. They also had two of the teens that have become very close to my teens during our yearly trips to St. Louis. So I sat with the babies sleeping, the other kiddos playing out side to make sure we did not mess up the house before our guests arrived. I had the news channel on as I forged ahead in that yucky tasks of paying bills.
The site of the bird sitting on top the smoke chimney was fun. I felt comfort glancing up every now and then and seeing the bird. I will not forget the excitement that overcame me when I looked up and could see the white smoke. I screamed and screamed, calling the kiddos. In today's world it is hard to be Catholic. It isn't hard to follow my faith but it is hard to be a part of all the ridicule that is often focused on something I love so much. This moment was so different. "We have a new pope, We have a new pope." I heard a reporter saying at first and then the next time she spoke it changed to, "The Catholic Church has a new pope." I loved that the entire world shared our Papa in those first few moments.
I admit that the White smoke made me cry like a baby. My hubby was in meetings all morning, I kept texting him with no response. Our friends had landed and were going to get to our home as quickly as possible so that we could find out who are new Holy Father was together.
I needed to get back to work but not until I celebrated by putting out the Vatican Flag.
Francis is our new Holy Father. Wow a Jesuit taking the name Francis. He didn't look like I thought he would look, he didn't act like I thought he would act and yet when he asked for our prayers we all got down on our knees.
We celebrated with sparkling juice as we toasted our visitors, our new Holy Father and beauty that is our Roman Catholic Faith!