Journey Through Lent: Days 24-28

Note: Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days. I’m catching up after being quite sick. The cardinals appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday, and announced that they had chosen Jorge Bergoglio to be the next Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. And then they announced his newly-chosen name: Francis. The symbolism was not lost on those of us who are modern-day fans of a twelfth century saint. St. Francis of Assisi valued humility, simplicity, compassion, and care for the poor. The religious order he founded, the Franciscans, has continued his work for centuries, … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Days 24-28

Journey Through Lent: Day 14

I’m not Catholic, so you might think that the events taking place today in Rome mean very little to me. The tradition that my denomination is a part of broke away from Catholicism nearly 500 years ago. My own family left the church, led by my grandmother, two generations ago. The new pope, whomever he may be, will have very little direct bearing upon my life. But I am still interested. And I’m particularly interested in the very unusual circumstances surrounding the end of this Pope’s reign. I’ve heard the rumors of why he is leaving. People say he has … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Day 14

Journey Through Lent: Day 11

Last night I stayed up watching the Oscars with my wife, and following along on Twitter. One of the accounts I follow is from “The Onion”, an online satire site that I had read since the 90’s. Late in the evening, they posted a tweet about Quvenzhané Wallis, the 9 year old actress nominated for Best Actress for her performance in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”. I won’t repeat exactly what they said, but they called her a name that rhymes with what football players have to do on the fourth down after they fail to score. I’m not a fan … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Day 11