It was hard to stay in touch with Quanah because of the time difference (nine hours) but there was enough contact that I felt what I got online plus his calls kept me very inside what was going on. Now, eight years later, what a difference.
I'm on Facebook, live-feeds, and watching EWTN slavishly. I had the times for the smoke nailed down. I was a Pope stalker.
I studied the "front runners", prayed for Cardinal Wako of the Sudan, did my own balancing act of the likeliest of the likely. Cardinal Bergoglio was in my sights but then I dismissed him. I honestly didn't think the Conclave would elect a man in his mid-70's, let alone a man not European.
But I was surprised. In fact, I believe the world was surprised. The Cardinals knew what was needed and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they chose well. They chose a simple man, a humble man, a man who is a real shepherd not at all uncomfortable mixing with people. They chose of man of strength, integrity and conviction.
God Bless You, Pope Francis
May your sweet smile and gentle manner heal
angry hearts and nourish hungry souls.