Sunday, May 15, 2005

A Sad Parting

As the Easter season draws to a close this Pentecost night I am finally, fully struck by the realization that we have said our final good-bye to John Paul the Great here below. Of all the many images I will carry forward from this season, the one I will treasure most is that enormous crowd in St. Peter's Square, breaking into spontaneous applause when the Pope's death was announced. Who has ever heard of such a thing? It should have been an outrage, you would think...and yet...everyone there, and everyone watching, knew exactly what it meant. "Truly," those in the square said with their hands, and we who watched said in our hearts, "this was a life well lived."