Black Smoke: My View & Father Roderick’s Too!

It’s clear I won’t be in St. Peter’s Square when our Cardinal electors announce their decision – I’ve decided I’m sort of at peace with that. God has me squarely where he wants me this week.

In a way, I have the sensation that it’s actually a bit more simple to watch the events of the Conclave from the comfort of my office.

My view of today’s black smoke

Today, when the results of that first election became apparent via the “black smoke” spewing from the Sistine Chapel chimney, I was tuned into both Catholic TV and EWTN, and following the tweets coming in under the #Conclave hashtag. Yes, I’d rather be there in person, but this is not a bad setup. Unfortunately, the next rounds of voting will be happening in the middle of the night tonight, so I expect to be a bit sleep deprived tomorrow.

I thought you’d also enjoy seeing this firsthand video from Fr. Roderick, who describes the moment of seeing the black smoke from the vantage point of St. Peter’s Square.

Here’s another “live on the spot” view from Scot Landry of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Good Catholic Life – you get his real time view of the black smoke:

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  • Marc Cardaronella

    So Lisa, Fr. Roderick has to look at the TV screens to see the black smoke because it’s so dark. You’re no worse off at home! ;-)

  • Marcy W.

    I would love to be there, but with all the bad weather I’m glad I’m home. I’ve been keeping myself company with Cardinal Wuerl’s new book, Faith That Transforms Us, and am praying for him and my Irish Cardinal I picked from Adopt a Cardinal, and of course, all the Cardinals. They have such a difficult job.

  • Edwinoel Tanglao

    Great to be updated. I’m also excited to hear about who’s going to be our new Pope. Whoever it’s going to be, it’s God’s will upon us all. God knows best and it’s only Him right now who knows who. Remember Jesus in His lifetime, He always knew what was going to happen next. I still pray that more people around the world may be enlightened to see the light of Christ and to be stronger spiritually to better understand the truth in God’s words, by opening their hearts and spirit to God in Jesus, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit we may see and understand all these and become more powerful in the unseen realities of spiritual warfare. Many thanks to Lisa and Fr. Roderick for the updates.

    Oh how beautiful it is to see a new Pope soon in the blessings our Lord Jesus, from within my heart, soon we may see and hear many people shouting from around the world, “Viva Il Papa.” Let us not be swayed to useless and meaningless thoughts, rather, to loving, peaceful, forgiving and uplifting thoughts that leads us more to the truth in our being, and the truth in our faith, that Jesus loves all of us, yes, all of mankind, that He wants ALL OF US BACK TO HIS FLOCK, as in all of creation, “Through Him all things were made.” Amen.

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