Up In Smoke

Oftentimes the term “up in smoke” can be disparaging, meaning that what was, is no more.  But it can be a good thing. When the white smoke went up in Rome and into the atmosphere to announce that a pope had been chosen, many Catholics, and even non believers, were filled with a sense of wonder and hope instead of doubt and despair.

With the new pope’s election, much has gone up in smoke already, and what was may be getting ready to go. Pope Francis is already acting differently, sort of a pope of the people. He has a reputation as a conservative Catholic, so we don’t know yet if dogmatic change is on the way; but we do know that the status quo at the Vatican is changing.Beverly Molander 091510_0626 They say the pope has been listening to common folk in Argentina — what he has been hearing and thinking we don’t yet know, either. But isn’t it nice to imagine the pope’s simple pastoral point of view where the pomp and circumstance has reigned for some many centuries?

Here is what my automatic writing said about the election of Pope Francis.  “Eagerly you await change and you shall get your wish.  Pope Francis is wanting all to join together to heal and to heal and to heal again.”

What is to be healed?  As an outsider I would venture to say that old guard politics in the Vatican, secrecy behind the closed doors of churches around the world, and the definition of loving relationships are good places to start.

Native Americans use smoke to cleanse and purify in the process of smudging and so do I.  I smudge today, with the intent to mingle my desire for getting rid of negative thoughts, healing, and finally, finding peace for us all.

Up in Smoke can be a very good thing.




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