|This is what I see when I take off my glasses. Yes, really. |
Yeah... I don't kow what that's a picture of either.
The last two days have been filled with prayer and fellowship with friends – new and old. And thanks to the modern miracle of Facebook – I heard about the universal call to prayer for the cardinals, which was scheduled for this morning at 8:00 PST. So after mass I went to a chapel I visit every day to join in prayer with my brothers and sisters of the Church Universal. This is, in my opinion, the most beautiful church in the area – and sadly one of the least visited. I knew I would be alone, and so I took the opportunity (as I am doing more and more often lately) to chant the Liturgy of the Hours in Latin, in front of the Blessed Sacrament. To my pleasant surprise, the prayer book (with Gregorian notation!) that they were using in St. Peter’s Basilica at that exact my moment was available online. So I chanted Vespers at 8:00am for probably the first and last time in my life J. Moments of solidarity with the whole of God’s Church, like this morning’s, have been more prevalent over the last two weeks. Of course the situation that initiated this growing sense of unity was painful, and continues to be so as the loss of our Holy Father is still fresh in our hearts. But as the election of our new pope draws nearer, it’s beautiful to see catholic so united in prayer for our bright and glorious future!