We are hours away from the start of the pope's visit. In case you're not completely revved up for this event -- although from the looks of what's going on across the blogosphere everyone seems to be completely revved up -- check out a really moving and vivid reflection by Lino Rulli, known as "The Catholic Guy," on Sirius Satellite Radio's The Catholic Channel. He was in St. Peter's Square when Pope Benedict XVI was introduced to the world three years ago this week, and here he takes us back for a moment to experience that day one more time as we prepare to savor our own moment with the Holy Father right here at home.
"...And I'm not sure if I've ever been prouder to be Catholic. There were probably 100,000 of us in that piazza - and millions around the world - thanking God for granting us a leader to shepherd the Church. The faith just felt so alive.
And then, the curtains opened up and there he was: Benedict the 16th.
He was waving his arms, he had a huge grin on his face, and looked like a Pope! We, in the crowd, couldn't help but laugh. And clap. And cheer. And yell. And wave.
One phrase kept ringing in my ears: "Habemus Papum". We have a Pope.
And now we have a Pope who's on a pastoral visit to America. Can't wait to see him..."
Read the full Voice of Hope reflection by Lino by clicking here.
-- Mary DeTurris Poust