Saturday, March 9, 2013
Tuesday: Waiting to Begin Waiting
At least it wasn't out loud.
If you haven't heard, the conclave begins in Tuesday. And I feel a bit like a little kid who sees a gleam of Christmas off in the near future and is fidgety with excitement.
I've read and listened to so many really nice posts and articles and shows lately, by Catholics who are far more patient than I on this subject. When I first heard the statement: "The cardinals aren't in a rush..." I'll admit that my knee jerk reaction was "Why?!?!?!?!!"
Because I feel like I'm in a hurry, willing the time until that white smoke begins to rise above the roof of the Sistine Chapel to pass and be behind us as we wait with bated breath for the the answer to the question: "Who?"
That the cardinals aren't in a rush is a good thing, logically speaking. They're prayerfully considering. They're taking their time. The date is set for the conclave now. Then they'll vote and vote and vote until two thirds of them agree.
These days will rush by, while simultaneously feeling as if the hours are crawling while we're living them (for me at least).
Sadie's joined in my excitement, mainly because she heard me tell Paul that when we go food shopping this week I want to get a little something special to put aside to celebrate the announcement of the new Pope. Cupcakes? They both asked. Can you figure out rice cupcakes?
I'll try. Maybe "figuring out" rice cupcakes that don't rise nicely and then look like pudding can keep me busy in the coming days as we pray for the cardinals as they begin the process of choosing the next successor of Saint Peter.
Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday... I can hardly wait for it to arrive, so that we can all really begin waiting.