Well, once again, fumata negra! No one should be surprised but at least we know that the Cardinal Electors are doing “their divinely inspired job!” I can’t even imagine what it must be like for the 115 electors, locked in Conclave. Think about it: no cell phones; no iPads or laptops; no outside communication whatsoever! Helping them to stay focused, the Cardinals have no connection with the outside world to distract them or influence their vote. Democracy in its’ purest form, no? When we go to the polls to vote, we will have been harassed by months (years!) of constant television ads telling us why we should vote for candidate so and so. The Cardinal Electors are truly fortunate that they do not have to deal with that sort of politicking! Of course, it is a man-made process so politics certainly come into play but it is free from outside influence or pressure. If the two votes produce more black smoke today, so be it! Sometimes, listening to the promptings of the Spirit requires time. Let us pray for the 115 Cardinals. May the be given divine wisdom so that the new Pontiff might be able, through his efforts, help to renew, rejuvenate and restore the face of the Church!
Veni Sanctus Spiritus!!