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Vivat Papa

bridget38 Wrote: Mar 15, 2013 8:17 PM
Prayer of St. Francis Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.
Pistol Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 10:01 AM
I carry this prayer on a card in my wallet. Over the years, on 3 different occasions, someone has seen the card and asked if they could have it. I always say yes. Without making the slightest effort to go out of my way to replace it, another appears within a week or 2.
Earle8 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 8:49 AM
kudos Bridget, well spoken

In the Monday, April 4, 2005 Mullings I wrote:

I am not certain why I feel as strongly as I do about the passing of Pope John Paul II. I am not Catholic. I am not even Christian.

I felt the same way watching the coverage of the Conclave in the Vatican to choose a man to replace Pope Benedict I. I'm not sure why I was so taken by the process and so eager to see who would be chosen.

I have proven over the past four or five months that my understanding of American politics is a...