Desperate as I was to end this awe-ful day on something like a positive note, I was lucky to have come across something on Vox’s blog. He has adopted a cardinal!
Jugend 2000 (Youth 2000) has set up a website at which you can adopt a cardinal. This sounded mightily prone to being tacky, but it is not. It is utterly charming. One signs up in about 10 to 15 seconds, and then you are randomly assigned a cardinal for whom one thereafter prays on a daily basis in the lead up to the conclave, during the conclave itself, and for three days after the papal election has been concluded. As I type, 128,924 people have adopted a Cardinal.
One is shown a brief profile of your assigned Eminence, and this is also emailed to you. I was assigned Fernando, Cardinal Filoni, the 67-year old Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. So for him I shall be praying daily, as well as the cardinal electors in toto, that he (and they) will be guided surely the Holy Spirit in choosing a new Shepherd, and given courage to follow that guidance.
The website has English and German versions, and is a worthy way to be involved in the process of selecting Benedict XVI’s successor. So please,