Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Nancy Damoose

3/16/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

It was positively breathtaking for me to watch, knowing that I was one of them, and that I, too, was awaiting the arrival of my new Pope.

As I watched the waiting crowds in St. Peter's Square, a new realization flooded over me: This is where my citizenship lies!  I am a citizen of the Vatican; I am a Catholic citizen; and my nation is 1.2 billion people strong!  Suddenly, with that thought, a sense of real hope washed over me!

Nancy DaMoose came into the full communion of the catholic Church at the 2012 Easter Vigil

Nancy DaMoose came into the full communion of the catholic Church at the 2012 Easter Vigil

Highlights

By Nancy Damoose

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/16/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Nancy Damoose, John DaMoose, Catholic, Evangelical protestant, Catholics Come Home, Pope Francis, full communion, testimony, splendor of truth


Harbor Springs, Michigan (Catholic Online) - (Note from the Editor in Chief - I count among the greatest joys hearing of sincere Christians who are drawn by the Splendor of Truth and the work of the Holy Spirit into the full communion of the Catholic Church. Nancy and John DaMoose are old friends. She recently wrote to me and shared her beautiful story of coming into the full communion of the Catholic Church during the 2012 Easter Vigil. Soon, we will offer her testimony. The day after we received the gift of Pope Francis, she sent me the letter which I offer to our readers below)

*****

Good Morning Deacon Keith,

I have grown to look forward to your daily postings online, and today was no exception. This morning I was most anxious to see what you had to say about our new Pope.  I must say that what you wrote was very similar to what I thought and felt myself yesterday as I watched my new Pope step out onto the loggia, and listened to my new Pope speak his first words to the world.  If you would indulge me, Keith, I would love to share with you just a bit of what I, as a new Catholic, experienced yesterday.

Presently I am alone in Florida.  My plans for yesterday fell through, so I was left with an afternoon completely to myself. The first thing I did was to turn on the news to see if there was any word from Rome.  Very quickly I found myself glued to the television in anticipation - and like millions of other Catholics around the world, my heart skipped a beat when I saw the white smoke emanating from the chimney.

As I watched the waiting crowds in St. Peter's Square, a new realization flooded over me: This is where my citizenship lies!  I am a citizen of the Vatican; I am a Catholic citizen; and my nation is 1.2 billion people strong!  Suddenly, with that thought, a sense of real hope washed over me!

In those few short moments, I experienced the truth that the affairs of this world are temporal. Yes, I am to be concerned about the world, and I am to be about my Father's business while I am here. But my hope is not in or of this world; my hope is in the life to come.  I have known this for my entire life, but until yesterday, I don't think I had ever really experienced that Truth. And how could I, as until recently, my citizenship had not been in the Vatican.

Then I watched as thousands and thousands of people cheered.  I quickly called my family at home and urged them  to watch the 'goings on.'  Had this been any other moment in time, the crowd might well have been waiting to see a rock star's entrance onto the stage.  But this cheering crowd was awaiting the arrival of their new Pope!  It was positively breathtaking for me to watch, knowing that I was one of them, and that I, too, was awaiting the arrival of my new Pope.

In all honesty, I was a bit apprehensive as I waited and wondered to myself if I could actually love this Pope as I am called to do - if I would really even like him!  And then Pope Francis I entered the stage. In that single moment, I felt a love for this descendent of St. Peter that nearly pierced my heart!  As he stood on the balcony looking at the crowd, I saw only one thing: a beautiful man - a beautifully humble man.  I knew in an instant that Pope Francis I is truly God's appointed and anointed for such a time as this!

And isn't that just like The Lord? In the arrogance of our times - and in striking contrast to the arrogance of our worldly leaders - God has chosen a man of absolute and perfect humility to lead His Church!  He has also chosen a man who possesses every bit of the intellectual capacity that some of our worldly leaders claim to possess; and yet, humility is written all over his face; indeed, humility literally rings forth through his voice.

It appears that Pope Francis I is also a man of considerable vigor - intellectual vigor, physical vigor for a man of his age, and spiritual vigor.  And clearly, he possesses a vigorous humility. Yes, in the case of our new Pope, "humility" is a verb!

I believe you are right, Deacon Keith, when you say that God has called this Francis to rebuild His Church. In this, He has surprised the world - not so much in the particulars of the call, but in the particular man upon whom He has obviously placed the call.  Oh, what a mighty God we serve! What an awesome and mighty God.

So today I am rejoicing with you and the rest of the Catholic world in the selection of our new leader.  Yes, I am a citizen of the Vatican. Yes, Francis I is my new leader. Yes, I will be praying for him in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.  And yes, my heart is filled with love for Pope Francis I.

In Christ's Name,
Nancy

-----

As a lifelong Evangelical Protestant Christian, Nancy Damoose 'discovered'  the Catholic Church while working on a Master's Degree in Theology.  The truths she discovered during her study of Church History and Doctrine led her to seek confirmation on Easter, 2012. Nancy is the mother of 4, and grandmother of 5.  She and her husband, John, live in Harbor Springs, Michigan, where they are members of Holy Childhood of Jesus Parish.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2014
Peace:
That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.



Comments


More U.S.

School shooting in Washington state leaves 2 dead, five injured Watch

Image of Kids and parents react to news of the shooting.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A shooting has occurred at a school in Washington, in which authorities believe a bullied student shot and killed another. The shooter is also believed to be dead. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A school shooting has taken place at Marysville-Pilchuck High School ... continue reading


Guns Do Not Have Rights, People Do. Legitimate Self Defense is One of Them

Image of Guns have no rights, only people do.Yes, one of them is the Right to Self Defense - and the Right to defend your neighbor. You may ask,

By Keith A. Fournier

We live in a precarious time in the United States of America. Many of us are deeply concerned about the effort to infringe upon the fundamental rights which were delineated in the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution. I have written extensively about ... continue reading


Rest in Peace, Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete: Communion and Liberation Priest Enters Eternal Encounter Watch

Image of Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete was a leader in the ecclesial movement called Communion and Liberation. He was also a gifted writer, known for his naturally supernatural holiness of life. Those whom he touched are a living testimony to a life - and a priesthood - which was well lived. In encountering him, they encountered Jesus Christ. That experience is the very heart of the Gospel, the meaning of the Christian claim. It is the key to understanding the Church. It is the spirituality of Communion and Liberation.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

As we pause to honor Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, Communion and Liberation Priest, may our prayers accompany him, lighting his passage into the eternal encounter with the Lord whom he loves. Let us also ask for his prayers - and follow his example. Let us decide to ... continue reading


How far will it spread? A New York doctor has tested positive for Ebola Watch

Image of 33-year-old Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders, had recently returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in Guinea.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A New York doctor who had recently returned from Guinea has tested positive for Ebola, the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Craig Spencer worked for Doctors Without Borders where he was treating ... continue reading


Same-sex couples line up to be wed in Wyoming Watch

Image of After the state formally dropped its defense of a law defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, Jennifer Mumaugh says that attitudes across the state have shifted in recent years to be more open to gay couples.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Same-sex couples began lining up around the block in Wyoming for marriage licenses this week. U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl, appointed by President Barack Obama struck down the state's gay marriage ban last week. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Will they riot after this? Autopsy, analysis shows officer Wilson was telling the truth Watch

Image of New analysis and witness reports suggest that officer Darren Wilson was being attacked by Michael Brown and shot him in self defense.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New evidence from Ferguson Missouri seems to vindicate the testimony of officer Darren Wilson, showing that the fatal shooting of Michael Brown may not be as cut and dry as many of the protestors in the area believe. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to ... continue reading


Is this a sign of things to come? 2014 midterm most expensive on record Watch

Image of Early voting has already started in several states including Kansas and Illinois.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Well underway, the 2014 midterms are set to be the most expensive midterms ever, according to projections that the Center for Responsive Politics released on October 22. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - While heavily overshadowed by global affairs like the ... continue reading


ACTIVE SHOOTER - Kids, teachers, community terrorized by admin, police at Thompson Jr. HS in Bakersfield in the name of safety? Watch

Image of Terrorization in the name of safety is still terror.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The latest school shooting did not make the national news yesterday because allegedly it was an act of domestic terrorism perpetrated against kids and a working-class community in the name of safety. For about 30 minutes on Tuesday, students, faculty, and their parents ... continue reading


Catholic school forbids Hollywood lesbian drama from shooting on location Watch

Image of In the scene to be filmed at the school, Moore's character, a New Jersey police detective with terminal cancer, applies for a domestic partnership with her partner, played by Page in order to pass on her pension legally after her death.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While actresses Julianne Moore and Ellen Page are big names in filmland, their largesse didn't get them past the authorities at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York. The catholic school has declined their request to use their location for a ... continue reading


On the Feast of St. John Paul II, His Prophetic Warning to the U.S. Requires a Response Watch

Image of Deacon Keith Fournier standing under the beautiful bronze statue of John Paul II in Denver, Colorado.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

In an address given during that 1976 Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia for the bicentennial celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla spoke some words which I believe were prophetic. - We are now standing in the face ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Exodus 22:20-26
20 'You will not molest or oppress aliens, for you ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
2 Yahweh is my rock and my fortress, my deliverer is ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 22:34-40
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced ... Read More

Reading 2, First Thessalonians 1:5-10
5 because our gospel came to you not only in words, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 26th, 2014 Image

St. Bean
October 26: On December 16, there is named in the Roman Martyrology and in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter