Yes, you read that correctly. I have a letter from the Pope (and a gift!)
Well, OK it wasn’t sent from him exactly but it came from the Vatican and his office!
Hang on a minute I bet you're thinking – How, why?
'zzzuuuup' rewind to December 2016 (just after Christmas and before New Year) and I’m leafing through a copy of Country Walking magazine and come across a small article about Bardsey Island. I knew that Bardsey is also known as the 'Island of 20,000 saints', but what I didn’t know was that during medieval times when pilgrimages were all the rage (have you heard – they are becoming popular again) three visits to Bardsey Island was equal to one pilgrimage to Rome and any pilgrims that went to Bardsey were blessed by the Popes of Rome!
Right then, I thought. Best write to the Pope then seeing as I’m visiting Bardsey in August.
Quick as you like I penned a letter (and added a little drawing of a wren) to His Holiness Pope Francis – and posted it off to the Vatican (before I changed my mind).
I thought about the letter now and again wondering if it had arrived…
Then last week…
I had a reply!
Tell you what, I was so excited!
[side note: This is beside the fact that I’m not a Roman Catholic or really of any particular religious persuasion. I did note this in my letter and had checked beforehand that anyone at all can write to the Pope. I didn’t wish to cause any offence. I made sure I addressed it properly too]
What was inside? There was a lump of something!
I was flabergasted when I opened the envelope and discovered its contents...
- letter from the Pope
- photo of the Pope
- photo of a 13th century painting of the Nativity
- a rosary!!
- and a card saying all 'blessed by His Holiness Pope Francis'
I really do feel rather chuffed.
I'll take these with me to Bardsey. I’m only planning one trip though not three (don’t tell the Pope!) *big smile*
Have you ever written to someone that caused you great excitement when you received a reply?
Or who would you write to? This could be anyone – someone who inspires you, someone you wish to thank or someone you just want to say hello to...
Receiving a real to goodness letter in the post is so lovely and can create skips of happiness!
Now I’m currently trying to think of an Island related reason to write to the Queen, as I’ve never written to her before….