Notre Dame Contemplates the Election of Pope Francis
By Renee Roden, Regina Wood and Julia Steiner
As thousands of people gathered in a tiny country’s ancient square, raising smart phones and iPads and other small flickers of light trying to capture glimpses worth sharing, a man in a white cassock and glasses emerged quietly from within to raise a single hand and wave hello.
By Julia Steiner
While we’re all speeding quickly ahead, with time leading us by the hand toward moving out and moving on for the summer, my mind drifts not to a previous last day of school, but to a standout first day. One morning in August 2009, I bent over to speak into a wooden box that projected my voice throughout the entire school.
“… Amen. And now for today’s reflection: ‘I’m ready, I’m ready,’ which was said by the eternally joyful SpongeBob SquarePants.”