This man is the Pope’s Private Secretary. I’ve probably blogged about him before, but I do think he is absolutely gorgeous! He’s just a few months younger than my mum but I don’t care! I know he’s off limits as a RC priest, but unless the Pope makes him stick a paper bag on his head every time they appear in public (Ganswein accompanies The Holy Father almost everywhere and in pretty much everything he does. Sometimes all we see is a disembodied arm rescuing the Pope’s glasses! That is Georg!), we will look at him because he’s lovely! I also know that he doesn’t like the attention paid to his looks, so I’m sorry. I appreciate how hard Monsignor Ganswein works to make the Pope’s work easier, but he is very nice to look at. For more info there is a fansite and forum, http://www.georgganswein.com/, and a blog, http://themonsignors.blogspot.co.uk/. They’re really good with a lot of great pictures. I’ll add them to my blog roll. There’s some great stuff on youtube also.
I’ve had an account on youtube for a while, but i’ve only got into looking at the videos recently. I don’t do anything to upload myself. With my job I have to be careful, as I am with this blog. There is some really interesting stuff on there! I’ve got quite a lot of religious stuff on my account, but it is teaching me and educating me about things that I didn’t know, and that’s what I find really interesting. I’m also interested in european royalty, as well as our own, and that’s interesting to see how they do things compared to us. Certainly it is true to say that european monarchies are arguably more relaxed than ours, but it is possible that Wills, Kate and Harry might be able to do something about that. The Netherlands and Denmark have matriarchs (Beatrix and Margrethe II) like we do, at the head of the family, who is knowledgable, a great advisor and provides a grandmotherly figure for the country. I also find out about different bands on youtube. If I hear a name but I don’t know the music, this is where I go! I don’t use myspace any more, and I’ve never used facebook or twitter myself, but I do love youtube!
…but we did go out for lunch which was very nice, and of course the rain we got was continuous but gentle. With the problems in mnay parts of the country with hose pipe bans, we did need rain that was persistent, but not heavy, as heavy rain doesn’t really help with gardens. Any rain is good though, I think, considering.
I know it’s God’s way of making sure all the plants keep growing, but does every Bank Holiday have to be so depressingly grey and wet? It happens every time! I apologise to anyone from abroad who finds that this confirms that the British are just obsessed with the weather, but I guess we are! Dad goes back to work tomorrow so it would’ve been nice to do soemthing as a family! Oh well, I’ll have to try and persuade them to go out for lunch or dinner I suppose! I love standing outside briefly, feeling the cool, cool water tapping softly or beating down on my face, but after a few minutes I want to be back inside! I don’t want to be walking round in it all day getting wetter and wetter! For someone who camps at Greenbelt every year, rain is always a danger, and last year when it chucked it down on the Friday night, I wasn’t much more impressed then either! Luckily it was just showery for the rest of the weekend, so I was glad about that!
Well! We had two successful services! Yes they went hand-in-hand with nerves, but they were really good! I ate my first packet of crisps since Ash Wednesday at about 8 am on Easter Sunday morning, instead of an easter egg! Got quite a few chocolate things, but of course at present the Sour Cream and Chive Hula Hoops that called to me while shopping on Saturday morning are winning out!
All I can say, whether you believe or not, is that I pray that the peace and serenity of the Risen christ will be with you in everything you do, now and always.
New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. Of David. A petition.
1 Hasten, O God, to save me;
come quickly, LORD, to help me.
2 May those who want to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
3 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
turn back because of their shame.
4 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The LORD is great!”
5 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
come quickly to me, O God.
You are my help and my deliverer;
LORD, do not delay.
Footnotes:a.Psalm 70:1 In Hebrew texts 70:1-5 is numbered 70:2-6.