On Thursday morning I joined tens of thousands of people on the National Mall for the Rally for Climate Justice. Inside the Capitol, Pope Francis delivered a moving speech to Congress. Outside, large screens projected the Pope to the thousands gathered on the lawn. People were transfixed - you could hear a pin drop in the crowd for the entire 45 minute speech. I’ve lived in DC for almost 6 years and have seen a lot of political speeches and the general pomp and circumstance including election nights, inaugurations, Earth Days, festivals and countless rallies and protests. But seeing the Pope address Congress and lay out his vision and hope for our country and the world over was surreal.
For folks like me living in the nation’s capitol, this summer has brought unbearable humidity, another so-so season for the Washington Nationals, and continued congressional frustrations. However, DC has finally given us a reason to smile.