The cardinals gathered in Rome begin their conclave tomorrow to choose who will fill the chair of Peter. It's not an election in the typical sense of the word. There are not official candidates, although there are many authorities putting forward their list of top ten most likely for the position. There are no campaign managers, no opinion polls, and no platforms.
I'm glad I'm not part of the conclave. The cardinals are charged with the weighty task of discerning God's call, of acting in accordance with His will to choose the next Pope. They are called to put aside any personality conflicts, regional interests, or church politics. They must empty themselves in order to be filled by the will of God. It's a daunting task. They are, after all, human and likely experience the same pettiness all of us find in ourselves now and again.
Tonight, I pray for them. I pray for patience, wisdom, and hearts that seek God. Thy will be done.