But I was so touched by the media's respectful, tasteful coverage of the Pope's funeral service today that I feel something must be said. They must be acknowledged for this, because I for one was quite touched by it, and I noticed. Even the sometimes-sleazy Inside Edition closed their coverage with some very insightful and thought-provoking final thoughts from the show's anchor, Deborah Norville that was just totally unexpected. She said something to the effect of, "While I watched this event play out and looked at all the people gathered below [the press area], saw all the flags waving from all over the world, saw mortal enemies sit next to each other peacefully and shake hands [in the exchange of Peace], I couldn't help but notice that, even though this great man's life ended, what a world he left behind..." She said quite eloquently what I myself had noticed and am feeling.
I didn't watch the whole half-hour, and I certainly can't comment on *all* the networks' treatment of this occasion, but what I did see ... well, God said that even a simple kindness, whenever one of the flock strays away and comes back, that simple act can atone for a *lot* of sins!
Never underestimate the power of kindness. Thank you NBC, thank you Inside Edition. I am 100% sure that the Pope looked down on us all with joy overflowing today. :)