The Funeral

I've just finished watching a portion Pope John Paul II's funeral. It's nearing 2 a.m., so I'm calling it quits, but just a few reflections before I head off.

1. I've really never witnessed anything so reverent. People are so quiet, but at times erupt in applause. I'm not entirely sure at what (Italian's a bit rusty), but it's really remarkable. What an amazing event. The world is truly watching. The mainstream media has no choice but to cover it. I just hope it makes a difference.

2. It's really wonderful to see our nation's leaders at the service. It's amazing to know that there are hundreds of world leaders united in honoring this man's life.

3. There is something wonderfully mystical and beautiful about the Catholic tradition. I'm in awe of how this service is being conducted. If you're awake, I would encourage you to streamline it right now.

Lastly, and most trivial, I think Latin and Italian are so beautiful. I love hearing the priests and cantors speak and sing in those languages. I hope to catch the rest of the ceremony sometime. What a moving experience. We are truly alive at a very unique time in history.

Posted by Portia at April 8, 2005 01:46 AM

I have to agree with you, it was remarkable. It was also interesting to seeing our nations grieve and have respect for the loss of one man, despite our differences, his faith and belief changed the thoughts of many. The respect was and will always be as high.

We'll see you again soon good and Faithful Servant.

Posted by: Mindy at April 8, 2005 10:22 AM

I have had no time to catch up on your thoughts...but I think about you a lot. Hope you are doing well....I miss you.

Posted by: Melissa at April 8, 2005 06:26 PM

i LOVE that song. sorry you didn't feel the same. :( i will check out your song. :)

Posted by: Katy at April 11, 2005 12:45 PM