Monday, February 11, 2013

Oh, Papa...

I woke up this morning to a text message from my husband saying the Pope was resigning. I didn't believe it at first, since I thought Popes were Popes until death, so I logged into Facebook from bed to see it was true. It is.

I have to say, I am sad about it. Not because I am worried for him. I know that he will pass on and spend eternity with Christ. But, I am sad because change is hard, and he was Pope when I became Catholic.

Pope John Paul II's death was part of what brought me to the Church. I always admired him. His spunk, his compassion, his intelligence. Even though I was not Catholic yet, I watched the news coverage of his passing and then the council to elect Pope Benedict every second I could. Seeing the Vatican on TV so much moved me. Seeing the thousands of people there crying for their beloved shepherd. It was truly beautiful.

I was skeptical of Pope Benedict at first. I was unsure why they chose such an older man to begin with. I knew that we would end up with a new Pope pretty quickly. But, the more I learned about him and saw him in action, the more I loved him. This "older man" was the perfect father figure for our modern day Church. The authority we needed to ground us in such crazy times. A wonderful breath of fresh air speaking for the traditional beliefs that I hold dear. He did amazing things in his time as Pope. And I am grateful.

God bless you, Papa Bene. We love you so dearly. And we cry only the way a person cries for any loss, because we admire you and your accomplishments, and this world is a better place with you in it.


This will be quite the Lent.


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3 comments:

  1. My feelings EXACTLY. Thank you for voicing them.

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  2. OH! I waited to read this as I thought surely the waterworks would start. .. thought I was in a good place to read this...NOPE. Tears. I feel so blessed to have loved two wonderful Popes in my lifetime. May Papa feel peaceful and I love his journey and his humility.

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