By Kathleen Michel
It’s hard to believe there have been eight Popes in my life time. Yet, when I was little, I didn’t pay attention to the Pope, was so far away. These days with Television (especially with EWTN) we are able to see the Holy Father on the other side of the world.
I see each Pope taking another step closer to us also by their humility. Years ago they were carried in the “Sedia Gestatoria” now they simply walk close to the people. Then they stopped crowning the Holy Father with a three tiered Tiara, and the Pallium is given to them, which is a sign that they are the Bishop of Rome.
Pope Francis asked the people to pray for him before he gave his first Papal Blessing. Then he took a bus with the other Cardinals to go back to his room, rather than taking a Papal Car.
In today’s world we see their sufferings, all the many burdens that they must carry as Holy Father. I pray for the Holy Father each day, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide the many decisions they must make each day. Thank you Lord for giving us so many saintly Holy Fathers, who have helped us in our faith.