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Monday, April 18, 2005

Black Smoke

Am I the only one who finds the whole black smoke/white smoke thing intriguing?

Chemicals are added to colour the smoke - black smoke signals failure to agree on a candidate, while white smoke means a new pope has been chosen.

The last time a new Pope was chosen, I was far too young to notice these things, and, as far as I can remember, my parents weren’t terribly interested. Now that I’m older, I’m far more interested in the traditions and rituals that are part of Catholicism. There are even times that I’m a bit jealous of those ceremonies, even while realizing that the Catholic church would probably be a poor fit for me. Then again, the Baptist church doesn’t seem to fit as well as it once did, either.

Seeing the photos of Pope John Paul II lying in state, reading about the black smoke and the white smoke, and even delving a bit into the history of the Catholic church has been wonderful. The sense of something ancient and solemn does something to add to the religious observance.

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C’mon Zomby, you’re only two years younger than me. I remember the black smoke/white smoke and watching a lot of the updates on TV. It was a big deal then, just not as much wall-to-wall media involved.

on Apr 18 2005 @ 11:45 AM

It probably was, but I don’t remember a thing about it. It just completely went past me.

on Apr 18 2005 @ 12:00 PM

Interesting to me is that the white smoke/black smoke tradition, which seems like such a medieval way to communicate, only started in 1914.

on Apr 18 2005 @ 02:42 PM

There was a time when I’d jump all up in your grill and try to convert you.

on Apr 18 2005 @ 02:50 PM

I love the rituals and traditions of the Catholic Church. It’s not why I converted, but it does give one the feeling of being a part of Christian history that seems unchanging in a world that is constantly changing. Also, to be a part of something bigger than yourself, yet feel as if it isn’t bigger, just universal (catholic with a lower case ‘c’wink

I have no problem getting up in your grill with it...wink

on Apr 19 2005 @ 07:50 AM
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