St. John XXIII!
St. John Paul II!
Man, I wish I could have been in Rome for the canonizations. I was lucky enough to make it to John Paul II's beatification, so I suppose I should be grateful. And I was luckier still- no, beyond lucky all the way to truly blessed- to have met John Paul II many times. I wrote about all that in "Breakfast with the Pope," which if you haven't read yet you really should.
Yes I'm tooting my own horn here. But really, it's a terrific read. Give it a try. You can read a sample here:
So I've been incredibly blessed and should not be at all jealous of those lucky devils who got to be in Rome yesterday. No. Should not be jealous. Not a bit.
But I have to admit to a little- no, make that a lot-of Rome envy.
I always have Rome envy, of course. I love fountains and cobblestones and St. Peter's Square. I love gorgeous churches and sublime architecture. I love the Italian language. I love pizza.
So I'm up for a trip to the Eternal City any time. But a double canonization? Of two popes, no less? What a party.
I will probably be looking at photos and videos on the Twitter feed for at least a week. And I will be praying to our new saints for all of us.