Today is a new Optional Memorial for John XXIII. “Good old Pope John” was like one’s favorite grandfather. Warm and a person of the people, he “smelled like his sheep.” He had a wonderful sense of humor. The story goes that one day there was a tour of people going through the Vatican and one asked him how many people worked at the Vatican. The Pope replied, “Oh, about half!” I feel blessed to have attended the seminary that bears his name.