I don't normally speak of faith here. I usually speak of parenting.
But Pope John Paul II has almost left us, and I'm left attempting to explain to my eldest not only death (because this is the first person she feels she knows to die), but also how we Roman Catholics are graced with a new pope.
God grant me the wisdom to explain both concepts to her.
And God grant the College of Cardinals the wisdom to select a man who can do the difficult job as well, with as much grace. May they be truly guided by the Holy Spirit, and not by their own whims.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O, Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.