The Holy Father's Resignation...
I'm sure you were all as stunned as I was when I woke up on Monday morning to this news:
|Pope Benedict leaves behind a room full of stunned cardinals and Vatican staff after his surprise announcement.|
Of course, my first concern was for the health of the Pope...did he have a serious illness? Was he dying? After listening to many news reports and commentators and reading posts by some of my favorite Catholic bloggers, I was reassured that he merely wishes to retire because of advanced age and increasing frailty. This is not unprecedented, but it might as well be for us, since it hasn't happened in 600 years! So he will be leaving office on February 28th and we will anxiously watch and wait as the conclave commences. The world will be watching for the white smoke from the chimney at St. Peter's Basilica. Pray for him, and for the new pope, who ever he will be, and please, pray for the Church as we make this transition.
...St. Valentine's Day...
One of my favorite ways to celebrate St. Valentine's Day is to make my own cards. I invited some young friends and their parents to come over on Saturday evening to make homemade cards with me. We had such a fun time!
|Maggie, Ani and Jessica|
|Toby and Molly|
|Molly and Jackson|
|The kids show off their finished cards|
I don't subscribe to the Hallmark version of St. Valentine's Day, which seems to (mostly) acknowledge romantic love on this day. While our sweethearts deserve a special day, it is also important to me to let my family and friends know how much I love them on St. Valentine's Day as well. And of course, I want to include my followers, including my newest ones(!) in those good wishes!
And so, here is my special St. Valentine's Day greeting for all of you:
And here is my lovely, perfect red rose from MY sweetheart, Charles:
...And Finally...The Winner!
The winner of the Icon Prayer Shrine from my Grow Your Blog post is:
RACHEL from Go Placidly!!!!!
Rachel is a lovely young lady who lives in the "middle-ish" of the UK. Check out her blog!
Congratulations Rachel!! Please send me your snail mail address so I can send you your Prayer Shrine!