Tuesday, 12 March 2013


Black smoke - is the whole of creation waiting for a new Pope?
"If we want the Holy Spirit's involvement, it is a good idea to ask." Wise words from Digitalnun, reminding us that this is our Conclave  - all of us Catholics - and we are all called to pray (she has more to say today as the Conclave begins).

Here at Rome Reports you can read about the "Room of Tears" off the Sistine Chapel where there is already a selection of white cassocks and red shoes* in various sizes, ready for whomever the Holy Spirit will choose. (*Unlike some rolling news channels, desperate to pad out a story that hasn't really gone anywhere yet, I won't illustrate this with pictures of Moira Shearer or Judy Garland's Dorothy.) The room is so called because in this private space, as the new Pope is robed,  he is often overwhelmed by tears. Apparently Papa Benedict said "Lord, what have you done to me?"

So the Lord says to Peter (John 21:18): "Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go."

Dare I suggest this is something - someone - for  all our prayers, Catholic or not? Come, Holy Spirit...

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