I was scanning the news this morning in pursuit of a subject for today’s letter and the search for the new Pope caught my attention. Not being catholic, my “expert opinion” on this subject is that of an educated novice. I learned more about Catholicism thru watching movies like “The DaVinci Code”, “Stigmata” and “The Exorcist”. Having friends who are Catholic, we’ve had in-depth conversations about conversion, christenings, being an altar boy, and many other things.
One of the things that I’ve always found to be interesting about Catholicism is its history. The “Church” can be traced all the way back to the “Blessed Virgin Mary” and Jesus Christ, over 2000 years of history. Like any institution that has been around longer than 5 minutes, there are extremes both good and bad, both great victories and defeats. But, overall the Church is a great thing.
Currently, there are over 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide and it is the largest Christian organization in the world. So, not having a Pope is truly a BIG DEAL!! The conclave and all that surrounds it will be very interesting to see open up before us. I remember when Pope John Paul II passed away in 2005 and how the Church mourned his passing and the suspense of waiting for the white smoke with new Pope to soon appear.
As a Christian, I pray for not only the Catholic Church but for the whole church (the bride of Christ). You see, we are moving closer to what is called the End Times, or End of Days. Many events and prophesies of the Bible and other Holy scriptures are being fulfilled each and every day and the return of Christ is on the horizon. I pray above all else, that our hearts, minds and spirits are prepared for His coming.
I love you ALL!!!