Oh my goodness, I wish you all could have witnessed our campus here in Austria tonight! We have a new Papa... I can't express the joy in my heart right now.
I was in the TOR sister's house at 7:10 pm, ready for Women's Scripture Group, and Meredith came bursting in the doors: "Habemus Papum!". We all screamed rather loudly, and then Sister Maria Teresa ran to get the sisters' TV from the other room. About 3 minutes later, we had EWTN all hooked up and playing in their living room. There were only about 30 of us, and it was really neat to experience this history with the sisters.
We all waited with bated breath to hear who it was, and we jumped every time that silly curtain on the balcony twitched. Finally, the cardinal emerged and told us who it was- Bergoglio. But none of us could seem to remember who exactly he was.
Being from Franciscan University, we kinda went nuts: St. Francis of Assisi! (We were just in Assisi praying for him!)
Being Franciscan, we are excited to see the spirituality of a Jesuit Pope.
And being American (honestly, who cares if it's North or South!)..... we have an American Papa!!!!
As I read about him, I am struck by his humility. Even as cardinal, he took public transportation in Argentina, and cooked his own meals. He preferred to live in a flat heated by a simple stove. And as we watched him tonight, this humility shone through. Before giving us all his blessing, he first asked for our prayers and blessings.
After the papal address, we gathered in the Church to sing in Thanksgiving and then to pray a rosary together, as a campus, for our new Pope. It was beautiful to be with my classmates, offering our prayers for this man who we already love.
I cannot wait to get to know Pope Francis better. To read his writings and to listen to his teachings.
St. Francis of Assisi: Pray for us!
St. Peter: Pray for us!