Here is the obit, as well as a great picture of my gramps. (He's the reason why I wear those caps, BTW)
I had not been home in 3.5 years. My observation: reduced scale. Everything is so much smaller than I remember it being.
I am not liking all this speculation over who will be the next pope. Sure, there is the side of things that it is supposed to be the choice of the Holy Spirit - and all of this speculating sounds a little too political. That bothers me a bit, but it's not all.
Part of it is that I don't see a really outstanding papabile - other than Cardinal Ouellet, of course. I have no right to say this, though, quite simply because I don't know anything about any of these Cardinals. But how extraordinary is Bertone, one of the front-runners? Sure, Scola is pretty impressive... maybe I am simply a priori against an Italian? And the other front-runner, Scherer - how can someone appreciate the candidacy of someone who is apparently only on the list for a non-personal reason - his place of birth? Turkson I dismiss for this reason too. I would be embarrassed were the Cardinals to chose someone for a reason like this.
Anyway, I trust that God knows what He is doing. The secular media have certainly done a good job of making all of these candidates look pretty run-of-the-mill.
Please keep me in your prayers, as I muddle on bravely...