God Bless you dear Holy Father today and always. I saw in your eyes during Pope John Paul II's funeral Mass a profound kindness, and in your words such comfort and strength and faith in our Lord. I prayed that you would be the next pope and when you were chosen I had such feelings of joy, and peace of heart because I knew that you would be a wonderful leader for the Catholic Church.
Your words, prayers, and actions during these past weeks have given all I know, both Catholic and not, inspiration and renewed joy and loyalty to our Church. I am in awe of your knowledge and humility.
I know that I am only a simple person who has no right to make these comments, but I wanted to let you know how you have inspired me already, and I look forward to the future because I know that you will inspire all that you meet.
I promise that my family and I will pray for you and wish you many congratulations.
I close with the highest respect,love and good will,
Mary Ellen DeMarco
Orange Park, Florida