One of the most important aspects of the Papal Conclave is the Holy Spirit. While, it can be acknowledged that the Holy Spirit does not “directly” choose the next Roman Pontiff, He does play a VERY active role in the conclave. The Holy Spirit guides the church and he guides the Cardinals hearts and minds as they pray and discern who is right for the next pope. The Holy Spirit lives and breathes within the council and upon the election of the next Pontiff, He fills him with the graces that he needs in order to exercise the ministry of Peter.
We as the lay members of the church can send our prayerful support to the Cardinals and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide them in this important work which they are charged with. One of the ways we can do this is by praying each day for the Cardinals. Another way which can be a learning experience at the same time is to adopt a cardinal to pray for. The easiest way is by visiting: http://adoptacardinal.org The site will pick a random Cardinal for you to pray for. My Cardinal is: Angelo Scola.
Whatever you decide to do, please pray for these men that God will grant them courage, strength, and that the Holy Spirit will give them the graces needed to choose the next successor of Peter.