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Lesson Learned - Hope for Redemption

Posted: October 02, 2015

Saturday's gathering was my first opportunity to encounter Pope Francis. Anticipation continued to build until we heard and saw the lights of the security vehicles in a steady stream heading towards Independence Mall.  What I had not been aware of is that there was a street separating the first portion of the Mall with the section we had chosen.  Out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of the white Popemobile!!!  In my excitement to capture the moment on video, I held the iPad as high up as I could to get the most ideal vantage point.  Pope Francis was about a football field's length away from where we were positioned. It all happened so fast. I quickly checked my video once he had passed by and to my HUGE disappointment, I discovered that I had pointed the iPad at too severe of an angle and had therefore videotaped the backs of the crowd directly in front of us!!!

I vowed at that moment that if I were to receive another chance, I would not worry about technology but that I wouldn't be completely present to an encounter with our Holy Father. More about that later...

For those that weren't aware, I worked as the Rental Administrator at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. As part of my responsibilities, I periodically would be the house manager for MN Orchestra performances. I was excited to hear that the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra was to play as the Pope passed through Independence Hall and give his speech from the same podium that President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.  Immediately as the music started, I recognized Aaron Copeland's Fanfare for the Common Man - a most appropriate choice!  I was able to capture a brief excerpt...

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