Baby Steps…

Lord knows I am not the mushiest of souls. Emotions raise my suspicions. But there is something so genuine about these images that it tugs at my affections for the Holy Father. It fills me with an overwhelming urge to punch the face of the next person who says something disparaging about this man.

That’s a start I suppose.

All I can do is look at them and nod thinking, well done Frank. Well done.

You know, I was going to write this long screed about … about what? I forget now. It wasn’t important. Not as important as witnessing the birth of a vocation. Not as important as this one genuine moment of love.

Love… now there’s an interesting subject. Maybe I should write more about love.


About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • AMoniqueOcampo

    Do write more about love, Kat. Nothing like a child to bring out the feels from everybody.

  • Rhetor

    Well done, Katrina. He’s not Benedict, but how can we not love this guy?

  • Maurisa Mayerle

    Now that was just lovely.

  • Anham Mahna

    LOVE IT!!

  • Mary E.

    Such an inspiring moment: I haven’t gotten tired of watching it and doubt I will.

  • Hilary White

    feeeewings! Awwwww… da feeeewings make everything better.

    • Katrina Fernandez

      As opposed to those negative soul crushing feelings.

  • Ana Paula~A Católica


    My name is Ana Paula and I AM FROM BRASIL!

    Fortunately I have watched this wonderful images on TV. Unforgetable!…

    Just a note: the boy is wearing a t-shirt with the national colors (yellow and green), BUT it is not of a national soccer team: it belongs to a catholic community called CANÇÃO NOVA (, which is also present in the United States:

    Stay in the Love of God!


    • Katrina Fernandez

      Thank you for the great info.

    • Ana Paula~A Católica

      Hello again!…

      The right address of the catholic community site is I have written an “a” in a wrong place. Sorry!…

  • JohnE_o

    Next – a picture of The Pope hugging a kid – and an adorable puppy.

  • HeavenlyGrass

    I’m so glad to read this post, after being distressed enough by your earlier post, the one so critical of PF1, to resolve to never read here again. I’m glad my resolve crumbled. PF1 himself seems to be crumbling the resolve of many hearts that have been hardened against him. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”

    • Martin

      Amen to that!! Love does indeed break down the thickest of walls and the hardest of hearts (hint hint)

  • Martin

    Yep….try writing and experiencing love….not much of it going around in your blogs….