Much to my surprise, he sent me a Christmas card back.
The cards are photos of famous religious artwork and his personal wish on the back written in Latin.
Here are the two I have received thus far.Last year, because of the death of my brother, I did not send out any Christmas cards. But, I did send one to the Pope. This time, I poured my heart out about the loss of my brother and how my family and I are struggling to deal with it and I asked for him to pray for both my brother and us.
Now, the Pope is pretty prompt in sending his replies. However, this Christmas, I didn't receive anything. I waited and nothing. I thought, "Geez. I poured my heart out and he didn't write back."
That is until several weeks into the new year, I received a package in the mail including this letter.Inside the package was this beautiful rosary blessed by the Pope.I was so touched. The Pope. Praying for my brother. Blessing a rosary for me.
I could cry as I write this.
Thank you Pope Benedict XVI. I am praying for you too.