March 28, 2011

A Letter from Pope Benedict XVI and a Prayer for My Brother

Three years ago, I decided to send the Pope a Christmas card.

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.
"Some have been to the mountain. I have been on my knees by the side of my bed." - Robert Brault

36 comments:

Jo said...

Oh my Goodness, Carmie that is just the most wonderful thing, so blessed are you and the words so heartfelt,and to receive the rosary that has been prayed over for you and your family,priceless!
I am blown away, and I know that GOD is answering prays.
~JO
LazyonLoblolly

EmptyNester said...

This southern protestant is very touched by your post today!

The Working Home Keeper said...

Oh, how beautiful!

Mary Ellen

Jade said...

Not Catholic but super touched by your post and that someone in such a position took the time to reply to all of your letters.

Lisalulu said...

SO touching. What a wonderful story, I hope that this has been a peaceful touch to your life! such blessings!

Anonymous said...

And I am crying while reading your blog today on the Pope and your brother - may God bless.

Jill said...

Absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing and making a difference in my life today.

michelle said...

Carmie that is so wonderful and so touching! The rosary is so beautiful in so many ways and I pray that it helps bring peace to you my friend. Absolutely beautiful!

Ellen said...

Such an honor to have the Pope pray for your brother. How wonderful to receive a blessed rosary.

bink and boo said...

What an amazing and touching story. I pray that you have peace in your heart about your brother--so sorry for your loss.

Thank you from stopping by today ;)

Heather said...

I'm crying as I read this. I'm not Catholic either, but this is very special. Thanks so much for sharing this inspirational message.

D said...

Wow! I just surfed in from Craft-O-Maniac and saw this post. I'm so sorry for your loss - I cannot imagine losing my brother. It's wonderful & comforting to know that your correspondence was read by His Holiness and compelled him to respond. Truly awe-inspiring.

alicia said...

How wonderful to have gotten a reply back. Touching.

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

I have chills!!
That is so wonderful!
How very, very special!

Mandy @ Angel Baby Design said...

I agree with the above. That gives me chills... Absolutely amazing!

Anonymous said...

Wow!! That is just AWESOME!!

Kathleen said...

That brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy you got a response. I must tell my sister who lost her 18 yo son and has a severely brain damaged little gson. She has so much faith, I think this would be uplifting for her!

HayesTone said...

Hello....I am visiting from the creative girls blog hop, and I certainly didn't expect to be so emotionally moved. The instructions on the blog hop are 'to visit the link-up before yours and leave a comment.' I must say, I'm glad I did. This is so inspirational, beautiful, touching and much of what the world needs now....people reaching out and caring for each other. Thank you for sharing during such a hardship for your family.
~Laura@hayestone.blogspot.com

Christina said...

oh wow, what a great story!! That is amazing!

Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"...I think this is something many people will be inspired by

Jackie said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I am not Catholic, but this seems like a very special and personal thing that the Pope sent to you. Thanks for sharing.

Sarita said...

What a meaningful message - thanks for sharing. I know you will treasure that rosary and the meaning behind it. How truly special.

Nancy said...

That was a very nice story very touching, all i can say is that we are all human and everyone has good in their hearts and we all like to help and do nice things that will make others happy and at the same time it makes us happy too

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Like several other readers, I am a Protestant, but I can see the obvious care and love with which the Pope thought of you and your family. How special. :) I'm so sorry for your loss! I'll say a prayer for you as well!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Wow- What an honor and special treasure for you- very touching story. Thank you for sharing at FNF.

Romi said...

Hopped over from another blog and saw this post. It brought tears to my eyes. How thoughtful of you to send the Pope a Christmas card and how kind for him to reply. I am very sorry for the loss of your brother. The letter, rosary and prayers from His Holiness is amazing! I am Catholic and this is truly a moving experience that I appreciate you sharing.

Krafty Max Originals said...

I couldn't find the post about the Blog Hop, so I am leaving my note here....

BLOG HOPping around - I am now a follower of your blog, wont you also follow me?? ~KM
Krafty Max Originals

Keetha Broyles said...

How wonderful that he responds - - - even if it is through his assistants - - - don't you imagine he hears from millions of people???

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello...

What a sweet post, my friend! Thank you for sharing it with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week! I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet brothers passing...my condolances!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Anonymous said...

WOW! What an awesome story! I just happened upon your blog and am so glad that I did. I will pray for you and your brother.

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Carmie-

God bless. Thanks for sharing this at creative juice. We all need little reminders of grace...

Elizabeth said...

Wow what an amazing story and how touching! I hope that this will assist your family in dealing with this difficult time.

ps: I found you on the Friendly Friday link party.

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

Truly Blessed! Thank you for sharing this at my K.I.S.S. blog bash this past week. I so appreciate you taking the time to share such a personal & inspiring story. Tomorrow is another blog bash, please drop by & share more inspiration!

Drop By The Tattered Tag

Amy said...

WOW. I am so impressed that he responded to you and prayed for your family. It gave me chills reading this for some odd reason. I think I tend to think of the Pope as someone not quite real, rather than a real person who really cares about his "flock". What a special blessing for you!

Patty said...

I just came across your blog about the rosary from the Pope. Wow that is amazing. And what a thoughtful idea to send the Pope a card! I am wondering what address you used. I am Catholic and am reading The Lamb's Supper by Scott Hahn. Are you familiar with it?

Blessings to you. If you would like to write to me I am poetoc@aol.com.

Be well.
patty

Miss said...

Hello!
I found your blog via your comments on Maillardville Manor's blog.

THis is a beautiful post - I'm touched.

I'm looking forward to reading your blog - the future posts, and reading what you've written already.

Your blog is an answer to an unspoken prayer - every home/decor/photo/creative blog I read is written by women with husbands and children. They are nice, but I think yours will be special, because I can relate!

Cheers from Australia
Jenny

Anonymous said...

While reading your blog post, I found myself crying a bit at how beautiful a story this is.

How wonderful to know that the Pope (former now!) is praying for your brother!

Truly a touching story to share - thank you :)

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