For His Feastday: The Day I Met Pope John Paul II

It was September 2004. I was conference director for Legatus, the organization of Catholic CEOs, and each September the group traveled to Rome.In my years planning pilgrimages for Legatus, we typically had reserved seating on the dais beside the Holy Father during the Wednesday General Audience.  After the Audience, we'd pose for a group photo with the Pope, gathered around his chair. (There I am with my husband, barely visible at the far left.)In 2004, however, Pope John Paul II was … [Read more...]

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An Unexpected Privilege: The Day I Attended Mass with Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!It was September 2003, and I was leading a pilgrimage to Rome for a group of Catholic CEOs, members of Legatus.  We were so busy--Every day of our pilgrimage was filled with tours of historic basilicas, meetings with Vatican officials, lunches and dinners and gelato stands and, of course, daily Mass.  In the entire week we were in Rome, I slept little.  There was only one "free" night, when members of our group were encouraged to explore t … [Read more...]

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So That All May Believe: The “Miracle of the Sun”

It was raining at the Cova da Iria on October 13, 1917--raining so much, in fact, that the crowds gathered there, their clothing drenched and dripping, slipped in the puddles and along the trails of mud.   Those who had umbrellas opened them against the downpour, but they were still splashed and sodden.  All waited, their eyes on three peasant children who had promised a miracle.And then, at high noon, something remarkable happened:  The clouds broke, and the sun appeared in the sky.  U … [Read more...]

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