Yes, that is what came in the mail to Isabel on Monday. Back in April we had mailed a letter, handwritten by Isabel to Pope Francis, congratulating him on becoming the new pope. Isabel drew a picture for him, I looked up "how to send a letter to the Pope" on the internet, and we stuck it in the mail.
I had no idea we'd get a response!
Now, in all fairness, this letter is from Monsignor Peter B. Wells, Assessor of General Affairs in the Vatican's Office of Secretary of State.
"His Holiness Pope Francis was pleased to receive your kind letter and he has asked me to thank you. The Holy Father will remember you and your family in his prayers. He invokes upon you God's abundant blessings."
But how cool is that?? Officially Vatican mail sent through the Apostolic Nunciature to my own little Isabel! She was just thrilled. It included a picture of Pope Francis with his name and the date of his election.
Now this letter arrived on Monday, the first day that Isabel attended the vacation bible school program at our church, Totus Tuus. Totus Tuus is a uniquely Catholic summer religious education program that includes catechetical instruction, daily Mass, songs, games, and recess. They bring their lunch and are there from 9am-2:30pm for 5 days. And that first day, I prayed that she would be blessed this week and that Jesus would make a special place in her heart for Him. And when she got home that first afternoon, this letter was in the mail (!!!) and she also raved about Totus Tuus.
What a cool blessing! To think that my prayer for her that day would coincide with a letter that says that the Holy Father is also praying for her! And that he invokes upon her God's abundant blessings??? WOW....I was blown away. God is so cool.
She tucked it away in her spiritual keepsakes box that she made at Little Flowers Girls' Club.
And I tucked away the entire experience in my heart.