It seems like it was only yesterday we were hearing the news that the papal conclave had elected a new shepherd, Pope Francis (the First!). Like so many Catholics (and non-Catholics, too, I'm sure), the more I get to know him, the fonder I become of our new Holy Father. His humility is so endearing, as is his genuine love and concern for the poorest of God's children.
We were down in VA visiting with three of our sons when the white smoke rose from the Vatican smokestack, and our middle son's girlfriend was just on Cloud 9 about the election of former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, about whom she knew much more than my husband and I did. Not long afterward, she showed us this picture collage (which she later texted to me), of our new pope and the two holy men who held the office before him. Pope Francis appears to be a bit shyer than his predecessors, with his hesitant little wave. Hi, Papa!
Speaking of that trip to VA, here are the three sons we visited with down there (sons #3 and #4, who live there, and son #5, who came down from Notre Dame for his spring break).
Am I allowed to say my own sons are handsome? (Never mind. Even if you tell me I'm not, I'm sayin' it.)
I can't help it--I'm so proud of my boys (and girls)! I may not be completely proud of my baby's t-shirt in the above photos (and if you've never seen the SNL "Jeopardy" skit where Will Ferrell plays the show's host, Alex Trebek, then it probably doesn't make a whole lot of sense), but it makes for a good conversation starter among his peeps. (Mmmm....Peeps. Now I'm just thinking about Easter candy. I wrote a mildly funny post about son #4 and Peeps once, way back when I was a newbie blogger, if you want to check it out here.)
Conversion Diary. So...voila! Problem solved. I had my marching orders.
I hope the poor guy isn't going to be disappointed that I'm only dedicating one of my "Takes" to his beloved Irish.
The first Notre Dame sports team he thought I should highlight was the women's basketball team, but I think that's just because he has a crush on superstar Skylar Diggins. (He doesn't seriously dig her; it's just a sports crush, kind of like the one I used to have on Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. So we're even now.)
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Okay, just one more thing before you head over to Conversion Diary. I'm asking you to pray for my sweet boy, son #4 (he's in the light blue shirt above). He leaves soon for a six-month deployment to a war zone. If you wouldn't mind, please pray for his mother while you're at it. She sure could use some prayers as well.
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