In 2000 we visited Rome and celebrated Mass with Cardinal Ratzinger in his chapel. Here he is talking with our family and holding my two books. Since I had provided an endorsement for his book (see below) I got his autograph on the book. When he saw my books from Ignatius he said, â€œAh, we have much in common!â€œ
We found him extremely gentle, kind, soft spoken and brilliant. He reminded us of a gentlemanly grandfather type.
What a great joy it was to meet and share books back then; what a honor it is to remember that day now. My son Jesse took these pictures.
In a few weeks we are on our way to Rome to celebrate our 11th Anniversary into the Catholic Church — and to celebrate Pentecost Mass with Pope Benedict XVI!