An honest reflection on the election of Pope Francis

As the white smoke began to pour out of the Sistine Chapel chimney, my heart began pounding.  I felt a great deal of nervous excitement to hear the outcome.  The more minutes that passed between the reports of white smoke and movement on the balcony of St. Peter’s basilica, the more nervous and excited I became.  Finally, after what seemed like hours had passed, “Habemus Papam!” was declared. Continue reading →

Father Z on meeting Pope Francis in 2009

Wow.  What a day!  I’m still trying to process everything. I fully expected the conclave to go on at least until tomorrow, but I guess the Holy Spirit had another plan.  That plan is Pope Francis.

It will take some time to really get to know our new Pope, but as I have started to learn about him, I came across this post from Fr. John Zuhlsdorf from 2009. If your heart isn’t moved by the humble, unassuming nature of our new Holy Father, you might not be wired right. Continue reading →