Then I found myself loving him. And facing the loss. So this is what it is to be Catholic. To feel the emptiness of the papal palace, the darkness of its windows, within your own heart.
And now, we wait. And the world watches. All Creation seems to hold its breath along with us. Which doesn't seem logical in the least, if you think about it. Short of a supernatural element, how does anyone explain the impact on the world of the Bishop of Rome? To those who are not Catholic, particularly those who are not even Christian, why does this man matter? Why do you care what he teaches? He has no earthly authority to compel you to abide by his teachings. If you think he is wrong, you are free as a bird to live as you will. He won't be sentencing anyone to prison, forty lashes, or a day in the stocks. Those of you who wish to live contrary to what the Church teaches, why does it matter to you if the next Pope changes that or not? You have free will. Many mock the very notion of sin as antiquated superstition. Why, then, do you want so badly for the new Pope to teach that your favored sins are no longer sins? Okay, end of puzzled quasi-rant.
|If you aren't going to obey me anyway, why do you care what I say?|
But really, I say all that to point out this: the Pope is important. Whether we understand or can articulate why, he matters, and not just to the Church, but to the entire world.
Hope. Pray. But don't worry. Easter is coming. :) As Blessed John Paul II once said, "Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people, and Hallelujah is our song."