They come with empty hands; not with hand that grasp and clutch, but with hands that open and give and thus are ready to recieve from God's bountiful goodness. (Jesus of Nazareth)To the tune of bells and our ecstatic cheers, we watched the Pope land yesterday. And as you probably know, for the first time in his eight years of presidency, President Bush met a head of state on the tarmac. The President gave his reasons for doing so in this interview (which by the way is very interesting) with Raymond Arroyo. He said:
Because he is a really important figure in a lot of ways. One, he speaks for millions. Two, he doesn't come as a politician; he comes as a man of faith. And, three, that I so subscribe to his notion that there are -- there's right and wrong in life, that moral relativism has a danger of undermining the capacity to have more hopeful and free societies, that I want to honor his convictions, as well.When the president was asked "You said, famously, when you looked into Vladimir Putin's eyes you saw his soul. When you look into Benedict XVI's eyes what do you see?" he said "God."
As I said before the President met the Pope at the tarmac and briefly met with him in a nearby building before the Pope took the limousine to his residence. When the Pope emerged from the afore-mentioned building the crowd burst into Happy Birthday. So it was all very exciting, but I can't write more yet, because in about two minutes he's giving his first formal address, and again, it's on EWTN. Enjoy! And don't forget to check out the sidebar for related links.
Ria and Gus
Here is a page on EWTN about the Pope's trip to America.