Yesterday that is. I go out on Monday nights to eat with my parents and various members of our family along with some other members of our church. We are not Catholic but my father went to Catholic school, we sent our children to Catholic School and my husband teaches in a Catholic school. My sister converted to Catholicism and my daughter married a Catholic. So, naturally I feel very close to Catholics and although I love my church I have always felt that our church is closer to the Catholic church in its spirit than any other.

So we all were discussing who we thought would be the next Pope. I said that I hoped it would be Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger because I have been reading such wonderful things about him.

I was home for lunch yesterday when the bells started to ring and am thrilled for the world as well as my Catholic friends.