Well, that was a short conclave!! Thank You, Holy Spirit!

waiting with bated breath for the Pope's appearance, ready for screenshots

waiting with bated breath for the Pope’s appearance, ready for screenshots

I don’t know what we were expecting, but we sure didn’t expect the text from Pope Alarm telling us about the WHITE SMOKE!! We all rushed in front of the computer and forgot all about lunch. It was already a late lunch as I was teaching my 14-year-old how to make a spicy tofu stir-fry, and it was made even later because we found ourselves glued to EWTN online and couldn’t look away. Consequently, lunch wasn’t served ’til ~3:30 pm. But no matter. We were jumping up and down, hungry and teary and just joyful and thankful all around. What a beautiful day! We ended the day with a late dinner after the kids’ various activities.

Allergen-Free Dinner in honor of the Pope

Allergen-Free Dinner in honor of the Pope: Argentine “Fried Rice”, Roasted Shrimp with Chimichurri Sauce, Sauteed Spinach, a 2011 Malbec, and some Dulce de Batata con Chocolate

This is such an exciting time!!!

I am gathering here a collection of pictures and articles that caught my eye/our eyes yesterday and today.

Pope Francis the Liberal or Pope Francis the Conservative…


Viva Il Papa from Teresa Tomeo


Pope Francis’ first 24 hours: Doing it his way


Francis offers his second blessing as Pope to pregnant woman


Pope Francis pays his hotel bill, avoids pomp and visits chapel revered by Jesuits from Radio Vaticana


“What is that banana peal doing on MY SIDEWALK?” from Fr. Zuhlsdorf


The First American Pope from George Weigel


Traditionalists and Pope Francis: Can We Take a Deep Breath and Please Calm Down?


Pope Francis on Same-Sex Marriage: ‘A Move of the Father of Lies;’ ‘A Total Rejection of God’s Law’


Pope Francis to cardinals: ‘I hope God forgives you’


Pope’s 1st Trip Was to Lay Flowers in Front of Image of the Virgin Mary


Pope Francis presides first Mass of his pontificate at Sistine Chapel

from L'Osservatore Romano on FB

from L’Osservatore Romano on FB

Pope Francis’ First Homily